American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

About Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations

Vision Statement

To be a leading resource for advancing knowledge of the influence and importance of cultural and linguistic diversity on human communication and the infusion of this knowledge into research and clinical practice.

Mission and Study Areas

Mission: The mission of the SIG on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (SIG 14), is to provide leadership and advocacy for best practices relating to audiology and speech-language pathology services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, to promote research, and to provide networking, collaboration, education, and mentoring opportunities for its affiliates, students, and other service providers.

Study Areas: Bilingualism; procedures for least biased/alternative assessment and intervention; sociocultural factors that may affect speech-language pathology and audiology services to members of CLD populations; etiologies of specific speech, language and hearing disorders that have a greater or differing impact across these groups; professional and public policies.

Goals

  1. To promote continuing education and foster the exchange of information in the area of communication disorders and sciences in CLD populations;
  2. To promote research in the areas of normal communication and communication sciences and disorders in CLD populations;
  3. To promote the development and application of best practices for speech-language pathologists and audiologists who serve CLD populations;
  4. To serve as an advocate for CLD populations regarding prevention, identification, treatment and education in the area of communication disorders and sciences;
  5. To provide speech-language pathologists and audiologists with support, networking, and mentoring opportunities in scientific and clinical endeavors relating to culturally and linguistically diverse populations;
  6. To increase participation of professionals representative of and those interested in CLD populations;
  7. To facilitate communication with other special interest SIGs and encourage the study of CLD groups as it relates to specific SIGs;
  8. To serve as a resource for the Association on issues relating to cultural and linguistic diversity; and
  9. To facilitate the exchange of information between the Multicultural Issues Board and professionals who are working with, interested in, or representative of CLD populations.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published three times annually, in March, July, and October. SIG 14's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations features:

  • News of SIG activities
  • The latest on research and clinical topics
  • Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.

Networking

SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in communication disorders and sciences in culturally and linguistically diverse populations:

  • SIG 14 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to communication disorders and sciences in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • SIG 14 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 14 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee

Members

Coordinator: Joyce Harris, University of Texas–Austin
Associate Coordinator: Mahchid Namazi, Kean University
Perspectives Editor: Nidhi Mahendra, California State University–East Bay
Melissa White, Bilingual Therapies 
Maria Munoz, Texas Christian University
Ex Officio:
Claudia Saad, Director, Multicultural Education, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

CE Content Manager: Danai Fannin, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California–Los Angeles
Editorial Review Board

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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