Special Interest Groups News and Announcements
Submit a Nomination for a Special Interest Group Coordinating Committee
The Special Interest Groups are now accepting nominations for the 2015–2017 Coordinating Committee vacancies. These committees are responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of SIGs (Perspectives, Convention Short Courses, etc.) and ensuring that SIGs operate within established programmatic guidelines. Coordinating Committee Members are expected to follow the roles and responsibilities specified by the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC) and actively contribute to the success of the SIG.
Please nominate yourself or another qualified affiliate to be considered as a possible candidate to run for office by March 26, 2014.
- The term nominated for is from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.
- Both the nominator and the nominee must be members in good standing (i.e., current ASHA members with no current ethics violations).
- ASHA International Affiliates, ASHA Associates, and Students* are not eligible to nominate, vote, or hold office). (*ASHA members who joined SIGs as doctoral students fall under the Student category.)
- All participants must be current affiliates of the SIG for which the nomination is being submitted.
- ASHA Members are eligible to submit nominations ASHA Members are eligible to submit nominations for any and all SIGs with which they are affiliated. However, individuals can only run for and serve on one Coordinating Committee at any given time.
- Nominations must be submitted through the online form by 11:59 pm EDT, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, to be eligible for consideration.
- Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
- Special consideration will be given to members who have graduated from ASHA's Leadership Development Program.
- The number of vacancies varies by SIG; please check the list below for the number of vacancies on your SIG's Coordinating Committee. Individuals may submit up to 3 nominations per vacancy; additional submissions will not be counted.
- Individuals may submit one nomination form per SIG. If multiple forms for the same SIG are received from an individual, only the most recent submission will be counted.
- If you are eligible to nominate for multiple SIGs, a separate nomination form must be submitted for each SIG.
- All nominees will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about volunteer activities and service to the professions, in addition to providing a link to their ASHA Community profiles; please make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date.
- The respective Coordinating Committees will review all valid nominations to determine the slate of candidates for the election. Receiving a nomination does not guarantee a place on the slate.
Tip: Use the ASHA Community to search for colleagues within your SIG. View instructions how to search.
*Please note: The following SIGs are not holding elections in 2014:
Please send questions regarding SIG Coordinating Committee nominations, to SIGs@asha.org.
Upcoming Live Online Chats
ASHA Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, is sponsoring a Live Online Chat March 11, 2014, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST titled "Assessment that Drives AAC System Development."
The following panelists will be available during this live chat to address participant questions about assessment issues, strategies, and tools to guide selection for and development of a person's AAC system:
- Mary Ann Abbott, SLPD, CCC-SLP, ATP, speech-language pathologist, AT/AAC consultant, Ontario Montclair School District; adjunct faculty, Communication Disorders program, California State University, Los Angeles
- Celeste Helling, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP, speech-language pathologist, North Carolina Assistive Technology Program, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Angela Standridge, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP, education specialist, special education services, Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, Texas
Live Online Chats are free and open to all ASHA members. They are not available for CEUs.
Past Online Chats
Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology, sponsored a Live Online Chat February 12, 2014 on new CPT codes for speech-language pathologists.
Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, sponsored a Live Online Chat December 16, 2013 on coding and reimbursement for voice services.
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!
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.
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.