We Are Family I am writing in response to the March 15 article from our ASHA president regarding the transition from ASHA special interest divisions to “special interest groups.” I have been a member of the ASHA family for more than 25 years. One my most fulfilling experiences during that time has ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.16052011.38
The ASHA Leader, May 2011, Vol. 16, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.16052011.38
We Are Family
I am writing in response to the March 15 article from our ASHA president regarding the transition from ASHA special interest divisions to “special interest groups.” I have been a member of the ASHA family for more than 25 years. One my most fulfilling experiences during that time has been my association with Special Interest Division 4 (SID 4). I was dismayed that Dr. Rao questioned the motivations of ASHA division members, stating that they “felt a strong connection to other members in their division, but did not feel as connected to ASHA.”
It has been my experience that my SID 4 colleagues have acted as ASHA members, with a shared interest in helping those who stutter. I was also somewhat confused when Dr. Rao discussed that the intent of the new changes was to develop connections and use “our collective knowledge to advance the goals and objectives of the entire organization.” I thought that was what ASHA divisions had been doing. To me, the primary focus of ASHA is to improve the lives of the people and families that we treat by facilitating better services through its members, not for members to better serve ASHA.
With my children I have tried to promote independent thought and problem-solving. Limiting choices and establishing restrictions has never been a part of our relationship. Through a trusting relationship, one that allows for and promotes individual creativity, we have grown together. In our ASHA family I would hope we could adhere to similar principles.
Charlie Osborne Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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