About ASHA's Special Interest Groups

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) program evolved in response to the diverse interests and needs of members of ASHA in narrow subtopics and practices within and across the discipline of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). The program was created to promote specific professional interests among members, develop communication and networking in diverse professional settings, identify and convey concerns and needs to the Association’s governance, and assist in policy formation.

The SIGs are integral to and integrated within ASHA. SIG activities are coordinated with other ASHA activities under the guidance of the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators (BSIGC), the ASHA Board of Directors (BOD) through the BOD Liaisons, and the SIGs program within the ASHA National Office.


SIGs have been established for the exchange of professional and scientific information. These groups offer ASHA Members the means to 

  • affiliate with one another to promote specific professional interests;
  • develop communication and networking in diverse professional settings;
  • identify and convey concerns and needs to the ASHA BOD; and
  • assist in ASHA policy formulation related to their respective areas of interest, practice, and expertise.

Affiliation with one or more SIGs is a benefit of ASHA membership, and the SIGs are dedicated to the professional concerns of those members and of the Association as a whole. The SIGs serve as a resource to the Association for the purpose of carrying out activities and programs designed to address the needs of the CSD discipline and, ultimately, its clients—persons with communication impairments.


The vision of the ASHA SIGs program is as follows:

Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all by engaging ASHA Members in communities that foster professional excellence


The mission of the ASHA SIGs program is to advance the Association’s mission by engaging members in SIGs that foster the interchange of information among ASHA and the NSSLHA members and SIG Affiliates who share common professional interests.

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