American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the SIG on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders to provide international leadership related to audiology and speech-language pathology services by promoting research, networking, collaboration, education, and mentoring for its affiliates, students, and other service providers in the global marketplace.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published two times annually, in May and September. SIG 17's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders 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 global issues in communication sciences and related disorders:

  • SIG 17 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to global issues in communication sciences and related disorders.
  • SIG 17 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 17 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: Marlene Salas-Provance, New Mexico State University
Associate Coordinator: Dolores E. Battle, Buffalo State College
Perspectives Editor: Maria Diana Gonzales, Texas State University–San Marcos
Professional Development Manager: DeAnne Wellman Owre 
T. Rosario Roman, Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc.
Yvette Hyter, Western Michigan University
Ex Officio: Lily Schuermann, Director, International Programs, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

CE Content Manager: Clarissa Rodriguez, Texas State University–San Marcos
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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