State Spotlight: Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association WEBSITE:www.dsha.org ESTABLISHED: 1950 MEMBERS: 269 CONTACT: Christine Virion, president, dsha@dsha.org DSHA offers our members the opportunity to earn CEUs through our biannual conferences, for which we have been able to draw nationally recognized presenters. We are also pleased to be able to provide our membership with free CEUs throughout ... State Spotlight
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State Spotlight  |   February 01, 2014
State Spotlight: Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   February 01, 2014
State Spotlight: Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19022014.68
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19022014.68
WEBSITE:www.dsha.org
ESTABLISHED: 1950
MEMBERS: 269
CONTACT: Christine Virion, president, dsha@dsha.org
Q How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
DSHA offers our members the opportunity to earn CEUs through our biannual conferences, for which we have been able to draw nationally recognized presenters. We are also pleased to be able to provide our membership with free CEUs throughout the year during our evening meeting series, at which local clinicians and other professionals present on a variety of topics. Because of DSHA’s commitment to providing quality CEUs, our members are able to meet their professional education requirements within the state at little cost.
Q What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
DSHA has one of the lowest membership costs in the nation. In addition, 78 percent of ASHA members within the state of Delaware are also members of DSHA.
Q What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
This past year, the Delaware licensure board drafted proposed legislation to address the use of speech-language pathology assistants in Delaware. DSHA held multiple open forums for members, where SLPs were able to express comments and concerns regarding the draft document. Following these meetings, countless SLPs volunteered to take time out of their workdays to travel to the state capital to speak to the licensing board about SLPAs. Through DSHA, the voices of the state’s SLPs were heard and the legislation was revised based on their suggestions.
Q What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in your state today?
At the moment, Delaware has no undergraduate or graduate speech-language pathology or audiology program. This situation has made it difficult for the state to attract and retain licensed SLPs and audiologists, and we have a statewide shortage. Recently, however, the University of Delaware announced its intention to launch a graduate program in the College of Health Sciences by the fall of 2015!
Q Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
In a small state, word of mouth goes a long way!
Q What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
We are a volunteer organization that works hard to keep at heart the best interests of the Delaware communication sciences and disorders professionals and the students and clients we serve!
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