Most Populous States Have the Most Bilingual Providers—and Spanish Reigns Texas, California, New York and Florida host the most bilingual providers, many of them providing services in Spanish, according to data from ASHA’s 2013 Member Counts. At a Glance
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At a Glance  |   April 01, 2015
Most Populous States Have the Most Bilingual Providers—and Spanish Reigns
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At a Glance   |   April 01, 2015
Most Populous States Have the Most Bilingual Providers—and Spanish Reigns
The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, 30. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20042015.30
The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, 30. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20042015.30
How many ASHA members are also bilingual service providers?
A small but growing number of members—more than 7,200 at last count—have self-identified as bilingual service providers.
In what languages do they provide clinical services?
In addition to their primary language, bilingual members provide services in more than 70 different languages. The most common is Spanish, with 33 percent of bilingual audiologists and 61 percent of bilingual speech-language pathologists providing services in that language (see charts).
Top 10 Languages of Audiologists Providing Bilingual Services
Top 10 Languages of SLPs Providing Bilingual Services
Where do they live and work?
States with the largest populations have the most bilingual service providers. California has the highest number of bilingual audiologists (78), followed by New York (61), Texas (58) and Florida (41). Texas has the highest number of bilingual SLPs (1,102), followed by New York (1,021), California (881) and Florida (637). Bilingual and monolingual service providers have similar characteristics in terms of their employment status and work settings and roles. However, bilingual providers are more likely than monolingual providers to work in private practice (38 percent versus 29 percent for audiologists, and 30 percent versus 19 percent for SLPs).
Find more data on bilingual service providers at on.asha.org/bilingualproviders.
For more on bilingual service delivery, visit on.asha.org/bilingualdelivery.
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