ASHA’s Involvement in Question In the Assistants column, an article by Kelly Appier presented ASHA’s new program for registering assistants. This recognition program resulted from a resolution passed in 1996 by the ASHA Legislative Council mandating the development of a recognition process for both speech-language pathology assistant technical training programs and for the ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2003
ASHA’s Involvement in Question
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Article   |   June 01, 2003
ASHA’s Involvement in Question
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2003, Vol. 13, 15. doi:10.1044/aas13.2.15
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2003, Vol. 13, 15. doi:10.1044/aas13.2.15
In the Assistants column, an article by Kelly Appier presented ASHA’s new program for registering assistants. This recognition program resulted from a resolution passed in 1996 by the ASHA Legislative Council mandating the development of a recognition process for both speech-language pathology assistant technical training programs and for the paraprofessionals graduating as assistants from those programs. The resolution further mandated that these programs be revenue neutral within 3 years of implementation. Although ASHA did not officially implement these programs until 2002, budget projections indicate that attaining revenue-neutral status in 3 years will be impossible. This being the case, a resolution was introduced during the March 2003 meeting of Legislative Council to eliminate ASHA’s financial support for these SLPA programs. The discussion was lively, and, while many wanted ASHA to maintain involvement in these programs, fiduciary responsibility was a concern, and the resolution passed (69-63). Thus, ASHA’s financial support of these programs will cease as of December 31, 2003. Several individuals on the Legislative Council feel it is very important for ASHA to remain involved in these programs; discussion and planning to accomplish this objective are in progress. The information reported here is by no means the last word on this subject, and you are strongly encouraged to share your comments, questions and concerns with your LC representatives. Look for an article with detailed information about the aspects and the implications of the discussion in the next issue of Perspectives (Autumn, 2003).
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