ASHA Position Statement On Gun Violence and School Safety

March 19, 2018

(Rockville, MD) Since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a national dialogue has emerged about gun violence and school safety. Many members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) work as audiologists and speech-language pathologists in a school setting and they have shared their own diverse and often passionate opinions on these issues. In response, ASHA's Government Relations and Public Policy Board developed a position statement on gun safety in schools that was reviewed by members of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 16 (School-Based Issues), plus its SLP School Issues Advisory Board, School Finance Committee, and both Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councils.

After hearing from the ASHA members and groups that weighed in, the ASHA Board of Directors approved the following ASHA Position Statement On Gun Violence and School Safety.


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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