About Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the SIG on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders to provide international leadership related to audiology and speech-language pathology services by promoting research, networking, collaboration, education, and mentoring for its affiliates, students, and other service providers in the global marketplace.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 17's continuously-built issue contributes 2 self-study CE activities a year.

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in global issues in communication sciences and related disorders:

  • SIG 17 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to global issues in communication sciences and related disorders.
  • SIG 17 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 17 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2015–2018 Coordinator: Yvette D. Hyter, Western Michigan University
  • 2016–2020 Associate Coordinator: Karen E. Pollock, University of Alberta
  • 2018–2020 Editor: Carolyn Wiles Higdon, University of Mississippi
  • 2017–2019 Professional Development Manager: DeAnne Wellman Owre, retired
  • 2017–2018 Member-At-Large: Joyce J. Huh, Independent contractor for a Bay Area public school district, Rehab Without Walls
  • 2016–2018 Member-At-Large: T. Rosario Roman, Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc.
  • Ex Officio: Lily Waterston, Director, International Programs, ASHA

Editorial Review Committee

  • Carolyn Wiles Higdon, Editor
  • Joy Armson
  • Dolores E. Battle
  • Rahul Chakraborty
  • Robin L. Edge
  • Gail T. Gillon
  • Regina B. Grantham
  • Bradley McPherson
  • Nickola W. Nelson
  • Ilias Papathanasiou
  • Constance Dean Qualls
  • Isabella K. Reichel
  • Luis F. Riquelme
  • Carol E. Westby
  • Karen Wylie
  • Edwin M-L Yiu
  • DeAnne Wellman Owre, Professional Development Manager
  • Lily Waterston, Ex Officio

Professional Development Committee

  • DeAnne Wellman Owre, Professional Development Manager
  • Kari Bradley Comer
  • Kathryn R. Dowd
  • Brian Kendall O'Hara
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo
  • Elisabeth Ward
  • Carolyn Wiles Higdon, Editor
  • Lily Waterston, Ex Officio

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners