September 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: September 2013

Virtual Connections Go Live at Convention

Bring your online networking to real time at the 2013 ASHA Convention, where attendees can use social media to keep up with convention happenings and meet virtual contacts face to face.

Convention organizers will use social media to share updates, spread the world about social media activities, and facilitate communication among attendees. Allison Bland, ASHA’s online community and social media manager, will be in Chicago to help with social media during the event and demonstrate the new ASHA Community Mobile App.

Search Twitter for #asha13, the event hashtag, for all convention-related tweets from ASHA and your colleagues. Follow @ashaconv on Twitter to receive important convention updates and to learn about social media activities taking place at convention.

You can also connect with ASHA and other professional colleagues on Facebook, Pinterest and the ASHA Community at convention and throughout the rest of the year.

Everyone is welcome to attend the fourth annual Tweet Up and App-y Hour on Fri., Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Leader Lounge (Convention Center Hall A2). At this event, you can try out the new ASHA Community mobile app and connect with fellow slpeeps, audpeeps, slp2b, aud2b, ASHA staff and volunteer leaders.

ASHA encourages attendees to use social media and blogging at the convention to summarize, highlight and promote presentations or to share their thoughts on their experience in general, provided that presentation content and materials are not shared in full and authors or presenters are referenced and cited where appropriate.

Did You Know?

  • ASHA’s new Practice Portal offers one-stop access to resources to guide evidence-based decision-making on clinical and professional issues.
  • The membership database has a searchable list of ASHA and NSSLHA members, with location, certification type and work setting information.
  • You can find a wealth of research information on ASHA’s website ranging from reports about awards, grants and funding, to survey data about members in a variety of practice settings.
  • You can search courses offering ASHA CEUs at Course Search—search by keyword, date, location or subject area.
  • ASHAsphere, ASHA’s official blog, features posts from a variety of authors, including communication sciences and disorders professionals and ASHA staff. 

Convention Highlights for Researchers

Among the opportunities for researchers at the 2013 ASHA Convention are Research Roundtables and the Research Symposium. Both events are open to all convention attendees; no separate tickets are required.

Research Roundtables (Fri., Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., McCormick Place S504). ASHA invites early-career and experienced researchers to network and discuss research career topics at the 16th annual Research Roundtables. Researchers—including students interested in research careers, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty—can meet and learn from experienced researchers and funding agency staff. Well-established researchers will lead discussions on topics related to starting, maintaining and managing research careers. Researchers at all career stages will find topics of interest, ranging from pursuing a PhD, to securing research funding, to structuring a sabbatical. Discussions on funding will be led by funded investigators and funding agency staff.

Research Symposium (Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.). Experts from a variety of disciplines will present their research on "The Genetic Basis of Speech, Language, Reading, Learning, and Memory." The symposium features
four sessions with opportunities for discussion among clinicians and investigators. The symposium, now in its 23rd year, is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Convention attendees are welcome to attend all or some of the symposium sessions.

A list of additional convention sessions focused on research career development is available. For more information, contact

Board of Ethics Decision

The ASHA Board of Ethic has found the following certified speech-language pathologist in violation of the Association’s Code of Ethics (2010).

Lydia D. Reid, Southwest Ranches, Fla.—By failing to properly supervise and to effectively communicate with a clinical fellow and, ultimately, not honoring her professional responsibility to the clinical fellow she agreed to mentor, the respondent violated the following principles:

Principle of Ethics IV: Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of other professions and disciplines.

Principle of Ethics IV, Rule A: Individuals shall uphold the dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions’ self-imposed standards. 

The sanction imposed is censure.

September Access Audiology Focuses on Intellectual Disabilities and Hearing Loss

The September issue of ASHA Access Audiology addresses the effects of undetected and untreated hearing loss on people with intellectual disabilities. The issue explores how it can interfere with cognitive development, impede communicative and social interactions, and limit vocational aspirations. Over the past decade, health professionals have evaluated the hearing of 9,961 people with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics events worldwide. A striking 24 percent had hearing loss, most of which was previously undetected, unaddressed or under-treated. Individuals with intellectual disabilities should have annual audiological and medical evaluations followed by immediate treatment as needed.

ASHA Access Audiology is a bimonthly clinical audiology e-newsletter. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to  

Register for S.T.E.P. by Sept. 15 to Find a Mentor

For communication sciences and disorders students, navigating school and trying to decide on a career path can be overwhelming. Mentoring through ASHA’s Student to Empowered Professional program can help them achieve educational and career goals.

S.T.E.P. offers students professional mentoring from an audiologist or speech-language pathologist who can help provide career guidance.

Students may be working toward long-term or short-term goals, and the program offers sessions to meet both needs. The six-month fall session takes place October through April; the three-month winter session takes place January through April.

Through the program, matched mentoring pairs communicate regularly with each other, and they can access additional advice from other students and mentors through the online S.T.E.P. Community. As participants receive informal feedback and information from others in the program, they expand their network and knowledge.

Registration for S.T.E.P. closes Sept. 15. Program coordinators will match students with mentors. For more information, contact


See what the ASHA Board of Directors recently voted on [PDF].


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