Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.mdslha.org Facebook: Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association Established: 1964 Members: 450 Contact: Lisa Oriolo, association manager, 410-239-7770 or office@mdslha.org MSHA has a long and strong history of advocating for the professions and the people we serve. Although this work is often behind the scenes, MSHA is known in our state ... State Spotlight
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Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   June 01, 2016
Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21062016.68
The ASHA Leader, June 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21062016.68
Facebook: Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Established: 1964
Members: 450
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, association manager, 410-239-7770 or office@mdslha.org
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
MSHA has a long and strong history of advocating for the professions and the people we serve. Although this work is often behind the scenes, MSHA is known in our state capitol and is well-received at legislative events.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in Maryland today?
One of the greatest challenges is navigating the ever-changing world of technology and its impact on our clients, patients and students. The frustration is in knowing the technology is available—but may be financially out of reach to some people—or that it has been purchased, but is not supported and used appropriately.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
MSHA has several accomplishments of which to be proud! In 2006 we worked for and obtained universal licensure for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. We have strong student outreach, including a scholarship program. MSHA has established and maintains a strong legislative presence in Annapolis; many of our legislators know us and reach out to us for input on bills they are drafting.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
A past director of public policy remembers: “It was in the [Maryland] House of Delegates conference room on Legislative Action Day. One of our members, a speech-language pathologist, was unable to attend the event, so she helped us out by asking her dad, Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller Jr., to visit our meeting. As I was greeting our members, I could see this entourage coming toward us. It was Senate President Miller, dropping in on us. Because it was so unusual to see him visit the House of Delegates, a crowd followed behind him. He spoke at length about his respect for the work we do and at the end, mentioned that his daughter was an SLP. Afterward, the legislators stayed in our meeting room and addressed the SLPs. I don’t know if that qualifies as an accomplishment, or just a really great story. But it gave me goosebumps!”
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
MSHA started providing our legislators with glossy postcards listing any bills of concern with short bullet points. We also offer postcards explaining our association and what we do. These handouts give them something to hold onto—literally—as well as a quick reference regarding our meetings or informal interactions.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in Maryland know about the association?
MSHA consistently works on their behalf. We work to protect the people we treat, our members and the students joining the profession. We have fought for and own universal licensure in the state; we fought against and helped defeat legislation that would have resulted in our services being approved and supervised by board-certified behavior analysts. We are the voice of the professions in the state of Maryland, and we are being heard.
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