November 1, 2013 Departments

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

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 practice.

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 disabilities.

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.

Marlene B. Salas-Provance, PhD, CCC-SLP, is director of the Program in Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University. She is coordinator of Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Science and Related Disorders. mprovan@nmsu.edu

cite as: Salas-Provance, M. B. (2013, November 01). Spotlight on Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders. The ASHA Leader.

  

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