Cultural Competence In reference to the Nov. 25, 2008, letter “Promote Professionalism,” the Multicultural Issues Board would like to comment about an ASHA agenda regarding lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals in our profession. ASHA values and supports the diversity of groups within its membership and ASHA's Strategic Pathway includes a focus on ... Inbox
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  • Nancy Castilleja, chair, Multicultural Issues Board
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Cultural Competence
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14022009.4
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14022009.4
In reference to the Nov. 25, 2008, letter “Promote Professionalism,” the Multicultural Issues Board would like to comment about an ASHA agenda regarding lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals in our profession. ASHA values and supports the diversity of groups within its membership and ASHA's Strategic Pathway includes a focus on multicultural issues. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Caucus is recognized by ASHA as representing a unique cultural group that, like all cultural groups, is diverse and multifaceted.
ASHA is a microcosm of society at large, and we work with individuals with a wide range of needs. ASHA supports culturally competent service delivery to all individuals, and members are prohibited from discriminating when providing professional services based on age, gender and gender identity, religion, and ability (ASHA, 2003). Members contact ASHA with questions about providing appropriate services to GLBT clients (e.g., evidence-based voice intervention for transgender clients, parent-teacher conferences with client's gay parents). ASHA routinely fields requests for information about supporting the professional needs of GLBT students or staff in academic and/or clinical programs. The GLBT Caucus responds to professional needs of ASHA's members, supports research, and disseminates information.
In 2009 we will celebrate ASHA's 40th year of supporting a diverse membership and appropriately addressing cultural and linguistic influences in service delivery. ASHA's “agenda”—the Strategic Pathway and policies—requires that members serve all clients with sensitivity and awareness of each group's unique concerns, and that all students and colleagues are treated with professionalism, dignity, and respect.
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