Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.islha.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/ishaindiana Established: May 13, 1937 Members: 1,088 Contact: Rachel Ross-Kroemer, president, rross-kroemer@gcsc.k12.in.us The Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, founded in 1937, is one of the oldest state speech-language-hearing associations. We are dedicated to supporting and empowering members to provide the highest-quality, life-changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to ... State Spotlight
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State Spotlight   |   January 01, 2016
Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, January 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21012016.68
The ASHA Leader, January 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21012016.68
Website: www.islha.org
Established: May 13, 1937
Members: 1,088
Contact: Rachel Ross-Kroemer, president, rross-kroemer@gcsc.k12.in.us
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
The Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, founded in 1937, is one of the oldest state speech-language-hearing associations. We are dedicated to supporting and empowering members to provide the highest-quality, life-changing communication, swallowing and hearing services to the people of Indiana. We strive to demonstrate our mission to our members through networking, professional development and communication. Networking opportunities occur throughout the year via professional development and our ISHA blog.
We offer affordable continuing education through two conferences each year (fall and spring) and have begun offering webinars as well. ISHA provides information through our website, app, Facebook and Twitter.
Advocacy for audiologists, hearing scientists, speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants in our state is a crucial function of ISHA. We closely monitor any proposed legislation that would affect our members and we have a task force that can readily meet with our legislators to take action on issues vital to our profession.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
ISHA has a dedicated legislative presence that has worked to protect those in our profession as well as the consumers we serve. One of ISHA’s most memorable accomplishments was defeating a 2002 proposal that would have limited the standardized tests that SLPs could administer.
In 2008, ISHA was instrumental in updating the licensure law for audiologists and SLPs in the state. This update defines the use of paraprofessionals and establishes a single license held by all SLPs and audiologists regardless of work setting.
ISHA has also had great success in encouraging graduate students in our state to become student members. We acknowledge the outstanding students from each university in our state at our state convention. In turn, many of our students have stepped up to serve on committees within our organization.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in your state today?
Indiana faces the same shortage of professionals as most other states. We have a task force to address state concerns regarding SLP shortages, especially in public schools. We are also studying caseload size and best-practice guidelines.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
ISHA’s membership includes audiologists, SLPs, hearing scientists, support personnel and students. We also acknowledge life members. ISHA is proud of recruiting student members as the leaders for the next generation. We reduce fees for student members and offer convention sessions on topics of interest to students. Our goal is to collaborate with our students so that as the next generation of communication sciences and disorders professionals, they see the great worth of belonging to their state association.
We also use all available technology and social media to connect with our members.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
ISHA is a dynamic association filled with dedicated volunteers and outstanding central office staff. We are open to new ideas and are embracing technology wherever possible. Our members are critical in raising our profile with decision-makers in the state legislature and education department. All audiologists, SLPs and hearing scientists in the state, regardless of membership, benefit from ISHA’s work. There is strength in numbers, and those who become members of ISHA allow us to better serve those who serve others.
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