American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Practice Issues

Every clinician has a culture, just like every client/patient has a culture. It is important to recognize our responsibilities for providing services to a client/patient whose cultural and/or linguistic background may vary from our own. These materials will help you to appropriately modify services as needed.

Federal Legislation and ASHA Policy

Service Delivery

Culture is dynamic. You cannot tell by looking at a person the culture with which he or she identifies. Culture is not limited to race or ethnicity. Multiculturalism includes issues dealing with race, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, age, sexual orientation, and ability. It is important to realize that a person may identify with more than one culture.

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