Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Participants “PAC the Pig” at the annual OSLHA Honors luncheon to benefit the association’s PAC. Website: www.ohioslha.org Facebook: Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association Established: 1945 Members: 2,500 Contact: Carolyn (Carney) Sotto, president, sottocd@ucmail.uc.edu; Sandra Combs, past president, combssg@ucmail.uc.edu OSLHA takes to heart the mission statement to empower our members by ... State Spotlight
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Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, October 2014, Vol. 19, 64. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19102014.64
The ASHA Leader, October 2014, Vol. 19, 64. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.19102014.64
Participants “PAC the Pig” at the annual OSLHA Honors luncheon to benefit the association’s PAC.
Facebook: Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association
Established: 1945
Members: 2,500
Contact: Carolyn (Carney) Sotto, president, sottocd@ucmail.uc.edu; Sandra Combs, past president, combssg@ucmail.uc.edu
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
OSLHA takes to heart the mission statement to empower our members by providing opportunities for professional development, advocacy and leadership development necessary to foster excellence in the services we provide.
We maintain an evolving discussion centered on finding ways to better serve our constituents through more affordable professional development, easy access to information on legislative issues, and support in becoming advocates at the personal, state and national levels.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in your state today?
Just like professionals in other states, we face some challenges. Two that seem to continue to loom are the age-old issue of caseload caps and reimbursement. We continue to work actively with our lobbyist, the state licensure board, the Ohio Department of Education and state legislators to find ways to effect change that is positive for our members and for the clients, patients and students we serve. We are also facing a push to change the laws regarding the licensure of speech-language pathology aides or assistants. A work group comprising our lobbyist, a representative from OSLHA, representatives of various universities, and members of the state licensure board is meeting to strategize and plan for changes that would affect our membership and the profession at large.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
We have just closed the door on the Ohio Master’s Network Initiative in Education program, a unique partnership among the Ohio Board of Education, universities across the state and OSLHA to meet the need for speech-language pathologists in rural and other hard-to-staff schools. OMNIE created a distance-learning graduate program to attract graduate students who can and want to work in these difficult-to-serve areas.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
OSLHA’s participation at various Sponsored Silence events throughout the state has inspired professionals and communities. Each event features individuals—ranging from sports announcers to a university president and dean—doing their jobs using augmentative and assistive communication devices to communicate. Sponsored Silence has affected people who use AAC, SLPs in the communy, students aspiring to become SLPs and audiologists, and the community at large.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
Our Governmental Affairs Coalition hosts an annual legislative event, at which our constituents meet and discuss relevant issues with current lawmakers. SLPs from across the state join us in Columbus for the event, which proves to be a learning experience for the lawmakers and OSLHA members.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
We are here to serve and empower the professionals in this state. Our mission and all of our goals revolve around better serving each member in professional development, advocacy and leadership development. We strive to cut costs so that we can continue to offer stellar workshops at our annual convention in March, provide free CEUs via our peer-reviewed online journal eHearsay, and provide graduate student scholarships.
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