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About Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues


SIG 16's mission is

  • To develop and provide leadership and advocacy through a forum for all speech-language pathologists and audiologists with interests in school-based issues, including clinicians and researchers from schools, universities, and all other settings.
  • To promote the highest quality services within early childhood programs and schools by addressing clinical, educational, administrative and legislative/regulatory concerns at local, state, and federal levels.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on School-Based Issues

Perspectives on School-Based Issues is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published four times annually, in March, June, October, and December. SIG 16's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on School-Based Issues 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.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in school-based issues:

  • SIG 16 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to school-based issues.
  • SIG 16 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 16 Coordinator represents the Schools SIG 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


Coordinator: Laura L. Young-Campbell, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, Wasilla, Alaska
Associate Coordinator: Virginia Kelly, University Place School District
Perspectives Editor: SallyAnn Giess, Chapman University, Orange, California
Professional Development Manager: JoAnne Wiechmann, Irving Independent School District
Carol Fleming, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock, Arkansas
Lisa A. Keane, Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ex Officio: Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, Director, School Services, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

CE Content Manager: Lisa Chattler, Los Alamitos Unified School District
Editorial Review Board

Professional Development Committee

  • JoAnn H. Wiechmann, Professional Development Manager
  • Lisa K. Chattler, CE Content Manager
  • Kelly Farquharson
  • Lisa A. Keane
  • Jennifer L. Schultz
  • Sally Ann Giess, Editor
  • Deborah Adamczyk Dixon, Ex Officio

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners