Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations The creation of SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, was prompted in 1995 by a general recognition that cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) is a pervasive factor in communication ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
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SIG Spotlight   |   October 01, 2012
Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
The ASHA Leader, October 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17132012.np
The ASHA Leader, October 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17132012.np
Special Interest Group 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
When was SIG 14 founded?
The creation of SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, was prompted in 1995 by a general recognition that cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) is a pervasive factor in communication disorders and sciences research and in audiology and speech-language pathology service delivery. Demographic changes in the U.S. population make the need for SIG 14 even more important today.
How many affiliates does it have?
SIG 14 has about 1,300 affiliates, including ASHA members, students, and international affiliates. The goal is to attract others who want to connect and engage with colleagues with shared interests.
Why should ASHA members affiliate with SIG 14?
SIG 14 is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the influence and importance of variation in dialects, languages, world views, and behaviors on human communication. Because issues related to CLD transcend any single work setting, age group, or communication disorder, the group is characterized by a broad and universal theme that simultaneously distinguishes and unifies SIG 14 members with the broader ASHA community.
As with all the special interest groups, affiliates receive a discount on the SIG 14-sponsored short course at the annual ASHA convention each November; receive the SIG Perspectives, which is published three times annually; may participate in online chats on professional topics; and have access to a very active online community that discusses practical issues related to training and service delivery with individuals who represent the range of languages, cultures, and ethnicities. Recent topics on this online community include bilingual aphasia, Down syndrome and bilingualism, resources in Hindi, Urdu, and Russian, and post-graduate training programs at the intersection of communication disorders and cultural and linguistic variation.
How does SIG 14 affect the membership at large?
SIG 14 provides leadership and advocacy for best practices related to speech-language pathology and audiology services that embrace the range of cultures, languages, races, and ethnicities in the United States. To support best clinical practices in a richly diverse population, SIG 14 promotes research, education, networking, mentoring, and collaborative opportunities to ASHA members as well as to the broader community.
What are two upcoming events/initiatives for SIG 14?
SIG 14 has developed two sessions for the 2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta:
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, Kelly Nett Cordero, Stefka H. Marinova-Todd, Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, and Kristina Blaiser will present a two-hour panel discussion, “Bilingual Children With Significant Communication Disorders: From Research to Practice.”

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30–11:30 a.m. Adelaida Restrepo will present a short course, “Collaborating With Teachers in Preschool Programs Serving English-Language Learners.”

The results of a recent survey of SIG 14 affiliates’ topic interests will be used to inform development of sessions for the 2013 ASHA Convention, as well as for future Perspectives articles and online chats.
Which of SIG 14’s recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for communication sciences and disorders professionals and why?
“Assessment 360: A Panoramic Framework for Assessing English Language Learners” (Lewis, Castilleja, Moore, & Rodriguez, 2010) is a must-read for practitioners in the field. This article highlights important issues and practical approaches to assessing a diverse and growing section of the population. The online SIG 14 Perspectives archive (1997 to 2012) represent nearly two decades of literature on a variety of topics in the area of CLD, providing a vast resource for researchers, clinicians, and students.
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