American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

Established in 1969, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is part of the ASHA National Office. This office addresses cultural and linguistic diversity issues related to professionals and persons with communication disorders and differences. It does this by:

  • developing opportunities for students and ASHA members to keep pace with the knowledge, skills and technologies required for multicultural literacy in communication disorders and differences;
  • promoting quality service provision in our increasingly pluralistic American society;
  • ensuring full participation of all professionals and students in Association life; and
  • serving as a catalyst for infusing multicultural issues throughout the operations of the Association.

OMA has been instrumental in bringing attention to research topics like the epidemiology of communication disorders across minority groups.

Through the teams of Multicultural Education and Multicultural Resource Services OMA carries out its mission by:

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