When was SIG 17 founded?
SIG 17 was approved by ASHA's Board of Directors in 2010. We
had our first poster session at the ASHA convention in the fall of 2010 to
promote the new SIG.
How many members affiliate with SIG 17?
We have 446 affiliates.
Why should ASHA members affiliate with your SIG?
ASHA members who are interested in issues that affect people
with communication disorders around the world should affiliate with SIG 17.
Anyone who has joined another SIG could benefit from adding SIG 17 to their
list, because we are "global" in nature—encompassing all disorders, all issues in
the field and all areas of practice. Most clinicians have encountered a
student, patient or client with a worldview different from theirs. In our
efforts to ensure the best clinical outcomes, many of us want to know more
about people from other parts of the world, and their influence on our daily
By affiliating with SIG 17, you'll be able to meet
professionals from around the world who will affect your teaching, research and
clinical work. They can also help expand your knowledge and skills on international
issues. For students—and others who want to study or gain clinical experience
abroad—SIG 17 is the place to contact people who have done this and can help
you seek out opportunities. Recently, SIG 17 addressed topics such as the role
of speech-language pathologists in educational systems worldwide, autism
spectrum disorders, international adoptions, the effects of international
experiences on young professionals, and how our goals align with those of the
World Health Organization for the care and treatment of people with
How does SIG 17 affect the membership at large?
SIG 17 brings members information about worldviews on
disabilities, our responsibility to embrace an international perspective, and a
variety of international issues through the biannual Perspectives on Global
Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders. SIG 17 also supports
and applauds initiatives from the International Issues Board, such as the
collaboration between ASHA and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional
Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Collaborations like
these allow ASHA members to work with international partners in clinical and
educational endeavors of mutual interest.
What are two benefits of affiliating with SIG 17 that
everyone should know about?
SIG 17 has brought people from around the world to the ASHA
convention to provide professional development. We offer a SIG 17 short course
at the convention at a discount to affiliates. We have also offered important
live online chats, most recently connecting speakers from China and Brazil on
critical topics. These chats allow members to gain knowledge, or meet as a
group to discuss questions as they come up, allowing members to partake in a
global learning environment.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read
for CSD professionals, and why?
Our highest-rated and most-read Perspectives article is
"Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Global Perspective", by Alisha
Richmond, in the Sept. 2011 issue. Autism spectrum disorders
are at the forefront of disability consciousness, and ASHA members can learn
the world perspective on this topic by reading this issue. Richmond provides an
extensive reference list that includes international scholars, and talks about
ASD as a global movement. The article includes information on the World Health
Organization's autism action plan, the role of the family in Western and
non-Western cultures, worldwide treatment methods, and alternative medicine's
role in ASD. It is a must-read for professionals in speech-language pathology,
education and other allied fields.