Schools Practice Group Seeks Input Are you willing to provide feedback and comments on professional issues related to school-based service delivery? The ASHA Schools Services group would like to hear from school-based practitioners about issues that relate to ASHA and the discipline. ASHA is often asked to provide comments to federal agencies about proposed regulatory ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   April 01, 2009
Schools Practice Group Seeks Input
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  • Deborah Adamcyzk, MA, CCC-SLP, is director of school services. To request an application to become an SPI participant, contact her at dadamcyzk@asha.org.
    Deborah Adamcyzk, MA, CCC-SLP, is director of school services. To request an application to become an SPI participant, contact her at dadamcyzk@asha.org.×
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ASHA News   |   April 01, 2009
Schools Practice Group Seeks Input
The ASHA Leader, April 2009, Vol. 14, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.14052009.3
The ASHA Leader, April 2009, Vol. 14, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.14052009.3
Are you willing to provide feedback and comments on professional issues related to school-based service delivery? The ASHA Schools Services group would like to hear from school-based practitioners about issues that relate to ASHA and the discipline.
ASHA is often asked to provide comments to federal agencies about proposed regulatory changes, to become involved in developing new materials or new continuing education initiatives, and to respond to a variety of requests for information from assorted member groups. To ensure that ASHA has direct input from members on these and other issues, the School Practitioners Input (SPI) group was formed.
SPI is an informal group of school-based audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide ASHA with feedback as issues arise. Periodically, School Services will send an e-mail to SPI members requesting input on a given topic; members are asked to respond by e-mail, usually within a few days. Input from SPI is given strong consideration as the association addresses the issue at hand.
Group members have provided comments about how the economy is affecting their professional lives, offered suggestions for topics for the Schools 2009 conference, and highlighted changes in the educational arena for school-based practitioners across the nation. Participants benefit from gaining a national perspective on issues as they read one another’s comments, noted SLP Deborah Balfanz, an SPI group member from League City, Texas. “It is very interesting to hear what is going on around the country,” she said. “It is also reassuring to learn that problems we face also affect other SLPs. Successes are also shared across the nation. I look forward to continuing the communication with others and experiencing growth in my personal skills and growth in the profession as a whole. This group is a wonderful idea.”
In Chula Vista, Calif., SLP Julie Malone welcomed the opportunity for direct communication with ASHA on school issues and noted that “SPI allows school-based SLPs an unfiltered dialogue that crosses state lines for a truly national perspective of what is happening with employment and services in the schools.”
SPI group members who volunteer their comments total more than 100, and ASHA is seeking additional participants to ensure that the group has representation in all states, especially Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, and Wyoming. ASHA also is seeking educational audiologists to participate in this group.
Interested clinicians are encouraged to join—your voice helps ensure that ASHA is representing your interests.
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