Special Interest Groups News and Announcements
Coordinating Committee Elections
The 2013 ASHA Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinating Committee elections will be open Wednesday, June 12, through Wednesday, July 17, 11:59 pm Central Time. ASHA has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) to administer these elections; eligible affiliates* will receive election information from "ASHA Special Interest Groups Election Coordinator" (firstname.lastname@example.org). To ensure your SIG Coordinating Committee election e-mails arrive safely in your inbox, simply add email@example.com as an approved sender**.
If you need assistance with your login, please contact SBS at 1-866-909-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org; your request will be processed by noon (Central Time) the next business day. For general questions about the SIGs, please contact Action Center at 1-800-498-2071 or email@example.com (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET).
Look for the following election notices:
Paper notification mailed (to those unavailable by e-mail)
Postcard reminder mailed (to all eligible voters)
Final e-mail reminder
Candidate information will be available on the online ballot, including a link to the candidate's profile on the ASHA Community. You must log in to the community to view the profiles.
The following SIGs are not holding elections in 2013:
Individuals nominated to fill vacancies for the following SIGs have won positions by acclamation, per SIG policy regarding filling committee vacancies:
Names of all new Coordinating Committee members will be released following the SIG elections.
*Only SIG affiliates (ASHA Members) are eligible to participate in the election; International Affiliates, Associates, and Students (including ASHA Members who joined as doctoral students and national NSSLHA members) are not eligible to vote or hold office.
*ASHA membership and SIG affiliation had to be current as of Monday, May 20, 2013.
**For directions for adding an approved sender, please check with your IS/IT administrator or ask the question on the internet; each e-mail service (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo) is different.
Changes to our CEU Formula in 2013
Starting January 1, 2013, ASHA will apply a consistent set of procedures for CEU calculation to all Perspectives. The number of CEUs offered with each SIG's Perspectives self-studies will be calculated in the same way.
For most SIGs, there will be no change in the number of CEUs. For others this change will result in a slightly lower or higher number of CEUs than the former procedures. See more information on these new procedures.
The Special Interest Groups Offer New Benefits in 2012
New in 2012, affiliates of ASHA's 18 Special Interest Groups will be able to access every SIG's Perspectives—that's 200 new articles annually and more than 2,000 archived articles.
Low annual fees are $35/SIG for ASHA members, ASHA International Affiliates, and ASHA Associates and $10/SIG for students (members of National NSSLHA and ASHA members who are full-time doctoral candidates).
Other great benefits include
- The opportunity to earn ASHA CEUs for self-study of your SIG's Perspectives for only $5 per issue/exam! Non-affiliates pay a higher fee to earn CEUs
- A 50% discount on registration fees for select Convention Short Courses
- Discounts on other ASHA continuing education activities
- Networking with colleagues on your SIG's exclusive Online Community
Join one or more of ASHA's 18 SIGs today!
Past Online Chats
Special Interest Group 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, sponsored a Live Online Chat on May 21, 2013, on changes in hearing health care delivery.
Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, sponsored a Live Online Chat on May 16, 2013, on making cognitive connections using cognitive prosthetics and apps.
Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, sponsored a Live Online Chat on April 30, 2013, on family support.
Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology, sponsored a Live Online Chat on March 12, 2013, on G-code basics.
Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice, sponsored a Live Online Chat on January 30, 2013, on telepractice basics.
Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), sponsored a Live Online Chat on December 6, 2012, on supporting infants in the NICU.
Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology, sponsored a Live Online Chat on December 3, 2012, on the assessment and treatment of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA).
Since January 2011, over 1,000 SIG affiliates have received ASHA's Award for Continuing Education (ACE). The ACE recognizes continued professional study and is presented to ASHA members and/or certificate holders who earn 7.0 ASHA CEUs in 36 months. Congratulations!
SIG 1, Language Learning and Education's ACE Awardees
SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders' ACE Awardees
SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders' ACE Awardees
SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders' ACE Awardees
SIG 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders' ACE Awardees
SIG 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagonstics' ACE Awardees
SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation's ACE Awardees
SIG 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance's ACE Awardees
SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood's ACE Awardees
SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education's ACE Awardees
SIG 11, Administration and Supervision's ACE Awardees
SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication's ACE Awardees
SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)'s ACE Awardees
SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations' ACE Awardees
SIG 15, Gerontology's ACE Awardees
SIG 16, School-Based Issues' ACE Awardees
SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders' ACE Awardees
SIG 18, Telepractice's ACE Awardees
The Special Interest Divisions are now Special Interest Groups! A letter from ASHA Past President Tommie Robinson was sent to all ASHA members addressing the resolution approved by the ASHA Board of Directors, based on the Task Force report on Division program restructuring and the feedback provided by ASHA members. Frequently Asked Questions and the Task Force Report [PDF] are available online.
Free Sample Issues of Perspectives
Perspectives is the members-only online publication of ASHA's Special Interest Groups. The SIGs have provided open access to a sample issue for each of the publications.