Become an International Affiliate
ASHA is reaching out to our international colleagues to share ideas, learn from their experience, and expand the diversity and cultural competence of the membership and the professions. In 2012, to increase connections with international colleagues, ASHA modified the educational qualifications and lowered the fees for International Affiliates. ASHA believes that increased participation by colleagues from outside the United States will help us develop new insights into the varied and unique challenges that professionals in speech, language, and hearing face around the world.
International Affiliation with ASHA is open only to persons who reside abroad and who are not exclusively citizens of the United States. Dual citizens may also become International Affiliates as long as they reside outside of the United States. International Affiliates are not eligible for and do not hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence. Affiliates also agree to abide by an ethical code of professional practice statement which prohibits use of affiliation with the ASHA in the promotion of commercial products. International Affiliates are eligible to earn professional development hours (PDHs) and can be nominated for the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement and for ASHA Fellowship.
If affiliates move to the United States or become a citizen of the United States exclusively, they will no longer be eligible for International Affiliate status. However, they may explore obtaining regular ASHA membership and certification if they meet the requirements for applicants educated in a foreign country.
International Affiliate status is on an annual basis with affiliation starting when the application [PDF] is approved. Maintenance of this status is contingent upon annual payment of affiliate dues. Join us in an exchange of ideas and information.
How to Join
Joining ASHA as an International Affiliate is easy. Complete the application form [PDF], indicate your credential or documentation, and pay your annual dues plus a processing fee. Mail your application to ASHA and you will recieve a confirmation when your application has been processed. It's that easy!
Applicants must have the degree or credential that is required to practice in the country in which that person resides. Those residing in countries without either a specified credential or required degree to practice in audiology or speech-language pathology must provide documentation indicating employment as an independent practitioner in either audiology or speech-language pathology for a minimum of 3 years and a letter of support from the minister of health or other person of authority in the country verifying that the practitioner functions in this capacity.
Beginning September 1, 2012, application fees include $75.00 (U.S. currency) annual dues plus a $15.00 (U.S. currency) one-time processing fee, for a total of $90.00 (U.S. currency).
The ASHA Leader and Journals
Receive The ASHA Leader and access to The ASHA Leader online. Receive unlimited access to all four of ASHA's online journals-The American Journal of Audiology: A Journal of Clinical Practice; American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology: A Journal of Clinical Practice; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.
Access anytime to ASHA's award-winning website, the largest online resource for audiologists and speech-language pathologists! As an ASHA International Affiliate, you have password-protected access to members/affiliates-only content, including
- legislative updates
- the exclusive ASHA Community, where you can network online with other audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- and much more!
Learn, network, and save. The annual ASHA Convention is a great networking venue that brings together thousands of members, affiliates, educators, and exhibitors. Members and Affiliates are eligible for discounts on all Convention services, including registration, Short Courses, institutes, and products.
ASHA provides a variety of continuing professional education opportunities including convenient self-study products, workshops, conferences, and more than 1,400 opportunities to earn CEUs at ASHA's annual Convention. As an ASHA International Affiliate you will also enjoy discounts on CE products and services at ASHA's online store. Visit Contiuing Education to learn more about the many exciting professional development tools.
Special Interest Group Benefits
ASHA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a great benefit, an outstanding professional resource, and only available to ASHA or NSSLHA members, Associates, and International Affiliates. For only $35 per SIG membership, you receive access to each SIGs' online periodical Perspectives, can network on your SIG's exclusive online discussion forum, earn professional development inexpensively through self-study of your Perspectives, and receive discounts on other ASHA-sponsored continuing education events. With 18 SIGs, there's bound to be at least one for you. Examples include Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders (SIG 17), Language Learning and Education (SIG 1), and Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance (SIG 8). For more information, visit Special Interest Groups.
Product and Services Discounts
Save on resources. ASHA has hundreds of products tailored to the unique needs of Members, Affiliates, and Certificate Holders. Members and Affiliates earn discounts of 20% to 50% off regular prices for publications, reference texts, consumer assistance materials, and more.
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Associations Outside of the United States
Nonprofit Groups with an International Focus
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