Senate Committee Advances Workforce Diversity Bill
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has advanced legislation that includes the primary provision from the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act. The provision creates a grant program to increase educational opportunities for disadvantaged and underrepresented individuals in audiology and speech-language pathology. Take action now to voice support for final passage!
President Biden signed a government funding bill with provisions ASHA advocated for including the extension of Medicare telehealth coverage, increase in special education funding, support of CSD rehabilitation research, and requirement to address disparities in pediatric hearing health care.
ASHA continues engaging on scope of practice legislation in states. To date, 23 bills have been introduced that would license music therapists and applied behavioral analysts. So far, none have passed and 3 have failed.
As a result of ASHA advocacy, MaineCare reinstated Tobii Dynavox as a supplier of speech-generating devices for Maine Medicaid beneficiaries.
ASHA-PAC released its 2021 Annual Report [PDF] that highlights a record-breaking fundraising year in which we raised $243,330 from 8,263 members.
National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week is April 25–29. ASHA is teaming up with the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP) to raise awareness about the important roles that educational audiologists and school-based SLPs play in servicing students with disabilities in schools. Follow ASHA Advocacy on Facebook and Twitter for more information on how you can take action during SISP Week.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.