State Spotlight: Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia WEBSITE: www.shav.org FACEBOOK PAGE: Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia ESTABLISHED: 1957 MEMBERS: 675 CONTACT: Carrie Cilento, president, carrie.cilento@chkd.org How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives? SHAV’s mission is to promote professional growth in human communication science and disorders; stimulate the exchange of ideas, experiences and professional ... State Spotlight
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State Spotlight: Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
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State Spotlight   |   January 01, 2014
State Spotlight: Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19012014.66
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19012014.66
Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
WEBSITE: www.shav.org
FACEBOOK PAGE: Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia
ESTABLISHED: 1957
MEMBERS: 675
CONTACT: Carrie Cilento, president, carrie.cilento@chkd.org
Image Not AvailableHow are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
SHAV’s mission is to promote professional growth in human communication science and disorders; stimulate the exchange of ideas, experiences and professional procedures; advocate for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology among legislative and regulatory bodies and third-party payers; develop, expand and provide information concerning speech, language and hearing services; foster the adoption and practice of the highest professional standards and ethical principles in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology; and foster legislative and professional advocacy cooperation and partnership with other individuals and organizations that share professional interests and objectives.
Image Not AvailableWhat is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in your state today?
SHAV is working to support regulations for speech-language pathology assistants in Virginia, one of 14 states without regulation. We also are working toward a universal license for all practicing speech-language pathologists: Under current regulations, SLPs in Virginia are licensed by the Board of Audiology and Speech Pathology and/or the Virginia Department of Education. Audiologists must pass an additional examination to dispense hearing aids. Additionally, SHAV is working closely with the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology on cerumen management.
Image Not AvailableWhat is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
We have recently increased our advocacy efforts: In January 2013, 70 SHAV members and students in red T-shirts descended on Virginia’s capitol to spread the word about issues affecting SLPs and audiologists in Virginia. Graduate students met with delegates and representatives to discuss the need for early-intervention funding, regulation of speech-language pathology assistants, exemption for audiologists from additional hearing aid examinations, and provisional licensure. SHAV members provided hearing screenings to more than 25 legislators.
Image Not AvailableWhat is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
SHAV was successful in obtaining the attorney general’s opinion that prohibits hearing aid dealers—who are not audiologists—from using the term “hearing aid audiologist.” SHAV also was the force behind a state budget act change that adjusted school-based SLPs’ caseloads from 75 to 68, a move designed— before the nationwide economic downturn—to be the first step in a continued reduction in caseload numbers.
Image Not AvailableDo you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
SHAV believes that it is essential to invest in our future. Student recruitment and involvement in our organization is crucial to the continued success and support for all SLPs and audiologists in the state. Our executive board members visit NSSLHA chapters at universities throughout Virginia, speaking to students on various professional issues and encouraging their participation in SHAV. The annual conferences allows for students to volunteer at registration, introduce speakers and participate in our Communication Disorders Foundation silent and live auctions. The 2014 auction will offer a “university night” for all SHAV members—including students—where participants will don their university attire. We are also identifying “student track” of convention introductory-level sessions.
Image Not AvailableWhat should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
SHAV offers continuing education opportunities through the annual spring conference, legislative day and monthly webinars. We try to communicate with our members and represent all Virginia speech-language pathologists and audiologists. SHAV provides not only resources for advocacy, opportunities for professional growth and continuing education, but also a meeting place to network with many other professionals across the state. Image Not Available
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