Last week, a hearing on “Tackling Teacher Shortages” was held by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Public witnesses testified on the critical need for support to develop a pipeline of special educators, including SLPs and educational audiologists.
The following day, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona highlighted the importance of funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for hiring special educators, such as SLPs and audiologists, to ensure student access to speech-language services and assistive technology during the House Education and Labor Committee’s hearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.
Now is the time to contact your elected officials and reiterate the need to support partnerships between school districts and colleges to train and license SLPs and audiologists from within their communities to address these shortages and better serve students with disabilities. Please take action today!