2016 ASHA Public Policy Agenda: Foundational Principles
The Blueprint for Action: 2016 Public Policy Agenda includes issues facing the professions at the federal and/or state levels and is based on the foundational principles that provide a common thread throughout the agenda.
Ethics—Preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations by audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The ASHA Code of Ethics sets forth the fundamental principles and rules considered essential to this purpose.
Commitment to client care and outcomes—Ensuring clients receive high-quality services that assess, maintain, and improve quality of life is the cornerstone of the work that highly trained audiologists and speech-language pathologists engage in every day. ASHA is committed to improving access to audiology and speech-language pathology services to address health and educational disparities in underserved and culturally diverse populations.
Evidence-based practice—Continued basic and applied research in speech, language, and hearing science are essential for the long-term viability of the professions and demonstrate the effectiveness and importance of the services provided by ASHA members.
Diversity—Consistent with ASHA's vision, mission, and role as a leader in the area of human rights, the Association supports laws that will protect and address the increasing diversity of ALL of ASHA's membership, as well as the individuals we all serve.
Nondiscrimination—ASHA supports laws and policies that promote nondiscrimination based on disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, and cultural or ethnic heritage.
Commitment to ASHA members—Advocating for essential services provided by audiologists and speech-language pathologists and the benefits to clients and their families directs attention to job security and autonomy of the professions. ASHA seeks reasonable workloads, paperwork reduction, and improved coverage and payment for speech, language, and hearing care, which result in better outcomes for the individuals we serve.
Collaboration with other organizations—Collaborative work with other organizations and membership groups strengthens our efforts to achieve our public policy agenda goals and helps ensure positive client outcomes.