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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 online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 17 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each 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

Earn ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) through 

  • Self-study of Perspectives and pay the lowest processing fee to take the learning assessments 
  • SIG sponsored Master Classes and one-hour sessions at the annual ASHA Convention. 


SIG 17 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in global issues in communication sciences and related disorders. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 17 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house.  

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

  • 2020–2022 Coordinator: Kimberly Chisomo Selemani, Baldwin Wallace University
  • 2021–2022 Associate Coordinator: David Woody Rule, University of Cincinnati 
  • 2021–2023 Editor: Deborah Ross Swain, The Swain Center 
  • 2021–2023 Professional Development Manager: Sulare Latoya Telford, University of the District of Columbia
  • 2021–2023 Member-at-Large: Mellissa A. Bortz, St. John's University 
  • 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: Silvia Martinez, Howard University 
  • Ex Officio: Lily Waterston, Director, International Programs, ASHA

Editorial Board

View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups .

Professional Development Committee

  • Sulare Latoya Rose, Professional Development Manager 
  • Lisa M. Domby 
  • Martine Elie
  • Jessica Jocelyn 
  • Diana Sanchez 
  • Deborah Ross Swain, Editor 
  • Lily Waterston, Ex Officio

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, 2021–2023 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners