Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.txsha.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/txsha Twitter: @TSHATweets Established: 1973 Members: 5,000 Contact: Cameron Curtis, executive director, staff@txsha.org, 855-330-8742 TSHA provides ongoing access to cutting-edge continuing education courses online and at our annual convention. TSHA members work on committees and task forces to solve problems and provide resources to support professionals ... State Spotlight
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Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   August 01, 2016
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 82. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21082016.82
The ASHA Leader, August 2016, Vol. 21, 82. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21082016.82
Website: www.txsha.org
Twitter: @TSHATweets
Established: 1973
Members: 5,000
Contact: Cameron Curtis, executive director, staff@txsha.org, 855-330-8742
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
TSHA provides ongoing access to cutting-edge continuing education courses online and at our annual convention. TSHA members work on committees and task forces to solve problems and provide resources to support professionals in providing quality care for people with communication disorders. TSHA also provides work-setting-specific member communities to foster information sharing.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in Texas today?
The two most pressing issues for audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Texas are the recent decreases in Medicaid reimbursement rates and the shortage of highly qualified professionals, especially in rural school settings.
What is TSHA’s proudest accomplishment?
In 2015, TSHA provided $300,000 to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support a loan repayment bill that was passed, but not funded, by the Texas legislature. That money provided loan repayment assistance for 48 school-based professionals and one doctoral student.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history?
At the 2015 TSHA Convention, 3,000 attendees attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the most people rapping at a time. The keynote speaker was an SLP who likes to rap. At the end of her presentation she taught the attendees a rap that she wrote (“We’ve got 99 problems but … speech isn’t one of them!”). TSHA arranged for videotaping of the group rap and we sold copies of it. The proceeds from sale of the Rap Video were donated to the Boys and Girls Club. We didn’t break the world record, but we all agreed that a group rap is an energizing way to start a convention!
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy strategy?
The TSHA Legislative Team is relentless when it comes to advocacy for TSHA members and people with communication disorders. The keys to successful advocacy are 1) building and maintaining strong relationships with Texas legislators and policymakers, 2) maintaining a presence in Austin at the Texas Capitol, 3) providing ongoing training and education for TSHA members about effective advocacy, 4) encouraging active participation of graduate students in the annual TSHA Capitol Day, and 5) providing timely and complete information for legislators and policymakers on issues that affect TSHA members and people with communication disorders.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in Texas know about the association?
TSHA is the go-to resource for continuing education, licensure information, lobbying and advocacy to promote the professions in Texas. TSHA is a place to build relationships and engage with other professionals in the ongoing effort to improve awareness and expand access to quality services for people with communication disorders.
—Michelle Mendietta, vice president, public information and marketing; Judy Rudebusch, president
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