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 of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 17's continuously-built issue contributes 2 self-study CE activities a year.

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 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

2015–2017 Coordinator: Yvette Hyter, Western Michigan University
2015–2017  Perspectives Editor: Carolyn Wiles Higdon, University of Mississippi
2014–2016 Professional Development Manager: DeAnne Wellman Owre
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: Elise Davis-McFarland, Retired, Charleston, SC
2015–2017 Member-At-Large: Karen E. Pollock, University of Alberta
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: T. Rosario Roman, Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc.
Ex Officio: Lily Waterston, Director, International Programs, ASHA

Editorial Review Committee

Carolyn Wiles Higdon, Editor
Mara S. Behlau
Rahul Chakraborty
Claire Penn
Isabella K. Reichel
Luis F. Riquelme
Carol E. Westby
Lily Waterston, Ex Officio
DeAnne Wellman Owre, PDM

Professional Development Committee

DeAnne Wellman Owre, Professional Development Manager
Kari Bradley Comer
Kathryn R. Dowd
Brian Kendall O'Hara
Linda I. Rosa-Lugo
Elisabeth Ward
Carolyn Wiles Higdon, Editor
Lily Waterston, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, 2015–2017 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners