American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Statement on Reports of Federal Word Ban

December 21, 2017

(Rockville, MD) Recent news reports have indicated that agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may have prohibited the inclusion of "evidence-based," "science-based," and "diversity," as well as other universally-accepted terms in their 2019 budgeting documents.

While some federal officials have denied these stories, they are, nonetheless, very concerning.

If true, the prohibitive action described by the reports would mark a serious step backward in the pursuit of providing health care that is based in scientific evidence, effective, and equitable.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is more committed than ever to fostering and preserving the goal of health care outcomes that are evidence-based, science-based, and equitable, a commitment which includes achieving that critical aim by actively working with allied stakeholders who share in our concern.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

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