Observers at CAA Meetings
CAA meetings, except for executive sessions as designated by
the Council, are open to individuals as observers by submitting a
request to the Council Chair prior to one of its regularly
An observer may address the CAA or obtain the privilege of
participation without vote at one of its regularly scheduled
meetings, only by prior invitation of the chair. To request
an invitation, the following procedures shall apply.
- The request must be made in writing to the Chair of the CAA
no later than 30 days before the scheduled meeting and must
indicate the specific issue to be discussed with the CAA. The
Chair will forward the request to the CAA Executive Committee
- If the Executive Committee determines that the issue
requested falls within the purview and authority of the CAA,
the request will be approved. The CAA Chair will so
notify the individual at least 15 days before the scheduled
meeting and will indicate the length of time that (s)he will be
permitted to address the council.
- If the issue is not within the purview of the CAA, the
individual will be so notified within 15 days and referred to
the appropriate ASHA entity for consideration.
Because CAA discussions regarding the accreditation status of
any education program are conducted in executive session,
participation in those sessions by a representative from any
program under consideration will be only at the request of the
CAA. Regardless of whether a program representative is
present for any discussions with the CAA, the Council will follow
all published policies and procedures for notifying programs of
Any costs associated with attending the CAA meeting will be
borne by the requesting individual.