American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Special Interest Groups News and Announcements

Special Interest Groups Elect New Coordinating Committee Members

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to the SIG Coordinating Committees* for the 2015–2017 term.

  • SIG 1, Language Learning and Education: Nichole A. Mulvey, Geralyn R. Timler
  • SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders: Darla K. Hagge
  • SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders: Eric J. Hunter
  • SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders: Sarah M. Smits-Bandstra, John A. Tetnowski
  • SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation: Nicole L. Marrone
  • SIG 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance: Vickie L. Tuten
  • SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood: Carrie Spangler
  • SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education: Richard (Rik) R. Lemoncello
  • SIG 11, Administration and Supervision: Judith A. Brasseur, Barbara L. Zucker
  • SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Nicole L. Dupre, Katharine (Katya) Hill
  • SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Twhanna Jones Green, Mahchid Namazi
  • SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders: Karen E. Pollock

*The SIG Coordinating Committees (CCs) are responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the SIGs. CC members, with the exception of the Editor and Professional Development Manager, are elected by a plurality vote of the affiliates in the respective SIG. 

Thanks to all SIG affiliates who voted; with your involvement, we were able to reach an overall voter participation of 9.47%!

Live Online Chats

Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, will sponsor a Live Online Chat August 13, 2014, titled "Evidence-Based Clinical Decision-Making: AAC and Aphasia." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Aimee Dietz, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Kristy Weissling, SLPD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor of practice, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Miechelle McKelvey, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor, University of Nebraska–Kearney

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education, will sponsor a Live Online Chat October 14, 2014, titled "Evidence-Based Clinical Decision-Making: AAC and Aphasia." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Sonia Cabell, PhD, research scientist, The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia
  • Linda Lombardino, PhD, professor of special education, University of Florida
  • Mark Hallenbeck, PhD, professor of education, Augustana College

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).


Perspectives has moved to ASHAWire, the new online home it shares with The ASHA Leader and ASHA journals.

Upcoming SIG Face-to-Face Meetings

September 19–20

SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education , Coordinating Committee Meeting

September 29–30

SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, Coordinating Committee Meeting

October 16–17

SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, Coordinating Committee Meeting

Past Online Chats

View earlier online chats dating back to April 2010.

Changes to our CEU Formula

Since January 1, 2013, ASHA has applied a consistent set of procedures for CEU calculation to all Perspectives. The number of CEUs offered with each SIG's Perspectives self-studies are calculated in the same way. For most SIGs, there has been no change in the number of CEUs. Others have seen a slightly lower or higher number of CEUs. See more information on how CEUs are calculated.

Access Every SIG's Perspectives

Affiliates of ASHA's 18 Special Interest Groups are 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!

SIG Restructuring

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.

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