State Spotlight: Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.ksha.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/KSHA4U Established: 1959 Members: 996 Contact: Michelle Haub, president, ellehaub@gmail.com; KSHA office, ksha@ksha.org or 800-248-5742 Q How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives? After 54 years, KSHA continues to strive to educate Kansas professionals that KSHA membership helps every speech-language pathologist and audiologist ... State Spotlight
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State Spotlight: Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   March 01, 2014
State Spotlight: Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, March 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19032014.68
The ASHA Leader, March 2014, Vol. 19, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19032014.68
Website: www.ksha.org
Established: 1959
Members: 996
Contact: Michelle Haub, president, ellehaub@gmail.com; KSHA office, ksha@ksha.org or 800-248-5742
Q How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
After 54 years, KSHA continues to strive to educate Kansas professionals that KSHA membership helps every speech-language pathologist and audiologist to become a better practitioner. Once the person recognizes the importance of being a part of something larger, the benefits to the professionals, the clients and the organization are limitless. KSHA offers an opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills and to create solutions to issues that affect the lives of those in all arenas of communication sciences and disorders.
Q What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders in your state today?
Membership in KSHA has remained fairly steady for the past two decades. However, as baby boomers retire, state associations across the country are asking the same questions about how to recruit and retain young professionals. Increasing work demands and two-income households decrease time for volunteering. Associations need members’ time, and time is limited. Member input suggests that personal invitations and faculty encouragement are the primary sources of new members. KSHA is grateful for the support of faculty from all four training institutions in the state, especially as state funding for the universities has decreased. The result has been increased student tuition and additional challenges for faculty to meet the clinical and research needs of our students.
Q What are your association’s proudest accomplishments?
  • KSHA began pursuing professional licensure in 1970. In 1991, Kansas became the 40th state to license SLPs and audiologists. Sally Brandt, then KSHA president, said, “I am convinced that the single most effective part of our plan was having in the state House of Representatives—and on the Health and Welfare Committee, no less—a practicing, dually certified SLP/audiologist, Allan White.”

  • KSHA celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.

  • KSHA’s executive director is an SLP who has been in the position since 1986. This situation has allowed the association to maintain continuity and may be a reason that recruitment of leaders has not been difficult.

  • The Topeka Valley Scottish Rite has supported the professions not only through university programs, but also financial sponsorship of the annual KSHA Conference.

  • The 2013 KSHA Conference was the second to be co-sponsored with the Kansas Assistive Technology for Kansans Project.

  • KSHA’s Facebook page, KSHA4U, received a “shout-out” from ASHA at the spring meeting of the Council of State Association Presidents. The page, which features a 30-day countdown prior to the annual conference, reached 1,636 people in 2013. KSHA4U provides regular updates on staying healthy and topics related to the professions.

Q What is a memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
Students have participated in two consecutive Annual Legislative Days in Topeka. KSHA received grants from ASHA (year one) and NSSLHA (year two) to fund travel partially for students from the four CSD training institutions. Student feedback from both years has been very positive and the event continues to grow.
Q What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
KSHA provides strong leadership and resources to SLPs and audiologists in the areas of advocacy, management of issues related to communication disorders, and support for ongoing training. KSHA cares about you, your professional issues, and Kansas citizens with communication disabilities. As Martin Luther King said, “There is power in unity and there is power in numbers.” KSHA is only as strong as its membership and each member makes a difference. Participate in legislative day to experience the power of one. Join KSHA to unite with professionals.
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