Separate Clinical Issues from Politics Hello again from your proud conservative. I would like to thank Jane White (April 14, 2009) and Alan Segal (May 26, 2009) for their letters related to liberalism and political correctness in our organization. Every client brings his or her own unique set of experiences and difficulties to treatment. Cultural ... Inbox
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Separate Clinical Issues from Politics
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  • Paul Anthony Imbert, Kenmore, New York
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Separate Clinical Issues from Politics
The ASHA Leader, August 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14102009.4
The ASHA Leader, August 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14102009.4
Hello again from your proud conservative. I would like to thank Jane White (April 14, 2009) and Alan Segal (May 26, 2009) for their letters related to liberalism and political correctness in our organization. Every client brings his or her own unique set of experiences and difficulties to treatment. Cultural factors play an important role in service delivery, but each client is as important as the next, regardless of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation. I think it is important for leaders in our organization to clearly distinguish clinical issues from politics. It is clear to me that ASHA has turned therapy-related cultural issues into a political tool to advocate special rights for gays and minorities. Mark my words that over time this type of thinking will become a regretful mistake. The U.S. Constitution clearly states that we are all equal, which I believe to be true. I expect the same from any legitimate American organization. Anything less should not be tolerated.
I believe that clinicians, especially young ones, should examine this internal organizational flaw more closely, and try to filter the fact from fiction. Fact being that every client brings a special set of circumstances to treatment. Fiction being that gays and minorities somehow deserve elevated status above the rest in our profession. This is absolute inane political drivel. It will no doubt create tension, and fragment populations in the long run, and it will one day come back to bite us.
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