About Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice

Mission Statement

It is the mission of SIG 18 to provide education, leadership, and advocacy for issues in telepractice, telespeech, and teleaudiology.


  1. To provide resources and education related to telespeech and teleaudiology.
  2. To promote excellence in evidence-based clinical practice in telespeech and teleaudiology.
  3. To promote the development and dissemination of research in telespeech and teleaudiology.
  4. To advocate for professionals who wish to engage in telespeech and teleaudiology, including adequate provider reimbursement.
  5. To serve as the voice within ASHA that will promote, interpret, and disseminate information that is relevant to telespeech and teleaudiology and serve as a conduit for transmission of information and ideas among Special Interest Group affiliates.
  6. To provide an opportunity for affiliates to identify others with interest in telespeech and teleaudiology and engage in ongoing communication and mentoring.
  7. To serve as ASHA's subject matter experts when it liaises with other professional organizations interested in telepractice, including the American Telemedicine Association, Rehabilitation Engineering Society of America, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, and others.
  8. To increase active involvement of ASHA members.

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 18'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 telepractice:

  • SIG 18 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to telepractice.
  • SIG 18 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 18 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

2014–2016 Coordinator: Lyn Covert, VA Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky
2014–2016 Associate Coordinator: Susan Grogan-Johnson, Kent State University
2014–2016 Perspectives Editor: Michelle Boisvert, University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences
2015–2017 Professional Development Manager: Nathan A. Cornish, Bilingual Therapies, Inc. and VocoVision
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: Robin Alvares, Baldwin Wallace University
2016–2018 Member-At-Large: Melissa D. Jakubowitz, PresenceLearning
Ex Officio: Janet Brown, Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2014–2016 Perspectives Associate Editor: Nerissa C. Hall, Communicare LLC

Editorial Review Committee

Michelle Boisvert, Editor
Nerissa C. Hall, Associate Editor
Anna A. Allen
Jean L. Blosser
Stacy G. Cassel
Ellen R. Cohn
Sarah Beth Fitta
Hillary K. Jellison
Lori V. Laughran
Jane E. Sackett
Arlene Stredler-Brown
Janet E. Brown, Ex Officio
Nathan A. Cornish, PDM

Professional Development Committee

Nathan A. Cornish, Professional Development Manager
Constance H. Tomberlin
Michelle Boisvert, Editor
Nerissa C. Hall, Associate Editor
Janet E. Brown, 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