Not a “Bargain” I agree with Kathleen Cox (The ASHA Leader, Nov. 24, 2009) in reference to advances ASHA has made for our profession; however, I also concur with a large number of my colleagues who don’t consider our dues a “bargain.” As the treasurer of the local speech-language-hearing organization, I am aware ... Inbox
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Not a “Bargain”
The ASHA Leader, January 2010, Vol. 15, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.15012010.38
The ASHA Leader, January 2010, Vol. 15, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.15012010.38
I agree with Kathleen Cox (The ASHA Leader, Nov. 24, 2009) in reference to advances ASHA has made for our profession; however, I also concur with a large number of my colleagues who don’t consider our dues a “bargain.”
As the treasurer of the local speech-language-hearing organization, I am aware of the costs of producing professional development offerings for our members. Our local organization is able to offer day-long, high-quality CEU opportunities, which include meals, for a fraction of what ASHA charges for comparable offerings. To maintain our CEU status, of course, the local organization pays a hefty annual fee, greater than 10% of our annual income, to ASHA and also pays a four-year review fee. As an individual member, I pay additional charges for the CEU registry and special interest divisions.
ASHA will realize significant additional savings when journals are available online only. I personally prefer paper copies but accept the online journal decision as inevitable.
I do not, however, agree with the decision to dispense convention program books only at the annual convention. It was a waste to send program books to all members as was done in past years, but as an early-bird registrant, I would have appreciated a copy of the program book to plan for the convention; I literally spent hours using the online My Planner system. Please consider sending program books, even if only preliminary copies, to early registrants. It would be nice to feel that my ASHA membership maintains at least a few perks.
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