National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities

Liaisons with the Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice.


Coordinate efforts dealing with the development of policy, position and guideline statements related to definition, assessment, personnel preparation, delivery of services, continuing education, and communication needs of persons with severe disabilities (LC 49-85).


The enabling resolution did not specify the number of ASHA representatives for this committee. Typically, ASHA has two SLP members and an ex officio.


  • Amy Goldman, ASHA Chair
  • Marie Ireland, Board Liaison
  • Andrea Barton-Hulsey
  • Diane Paul, ex officio


3 year terms that may be renewed


  • ​Two face-to-face meetings per year. One meeting is held in the Spring. The location rotates among members. The group also meets on Committee Day of the ASHA convention.
  • Monthly conference calls.
  • More calls may be needed for subcommittee work on specific projects (updating resources, planning for a research conference, updating the web-based resources).

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Experience working with individuals with severe communication disabilities through research, teaching, and/or clinical practice.

Staff Liaison

Diane Paul, ex officio (