About Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice
It is the mission of SIG 18 to provide education, leadership, and advocacy for issues in telepractice, telespeech, and teleaudiology.
- To provide resources and education related to telespeech and teleaudiology.
- To promote excellence in evidence-based clinical practice in telespeech and teleaudiology.
- To promote the development and dissemination of research in telespeech and teleaudiology.
- To advocate for professionals who wish to engage in telespeech and teleaudiology, including adequate provider reimbursement.
- 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.
- To provide an opportunity for affiliates to identify others with interest in telespeech and teleaudiology and engage in ongoing communication and mentoring.
- 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.
- To increase active involvement of ASHA members.
Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs
Perspectives on Telepractice
Perspectives on Telepractice is the SIG's online publication, published by ASHA with HighWire Press. Perspectives is published annually in September. SIG 18's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Telepractice features:
- News of SIG activities
- The latest on research and clinical topics
- Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues
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.
- 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.
SIG Coordinator: Ellen Cohn, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Coordinator: Karen Golding-Kushner, The Golding-Kushner Speech Center
Perspectives Editor: Lyn Tindall, VA Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky
Robin Alvares, Kent State University, School of Health Sciences
Michael Campbell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ex Officio: Janet Brown, Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA
Additional SIG Volunteers
Perspectives Associate Editor: Susan Grogan-Johnson, Kent State University
CE Content Manager: Michael Campbell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Editorial Review Board
Staff Liaison for Communications
Tori Koulakjian, Editorial Assistant, ASHA
Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice