Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.ksha.info Facebook: www.facebook.com/KYSPEECH Established: 1959 Members: 1708 Contact: Christie LaCharite, president, christie.lacharite@boone.kyschools.us KSHA has worked diligently this past year on our strategic plan. KSHA empowers audiologists and speech-language pathologists to set the “PACE” for our profession through “p”rofessional development, “a”dvocacy, “c”ollaboration and “e”ducation. KSHA works to strengthen and ... State Spotlight
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State Spotlight   |   November 01, 2016
Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, November 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21112016.68
The ASHA Leader, November 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21112016.68
Website: www.ksha.info
Established: 1959
Members: 1708
Contact: Christie LaCharite, president, christie.lacharite@boone.kyschools.us
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
KSHA has worked diligently this past year on our strategic plan. KSHA empowers audiologists and speech-language pathologists to set the “PACE” for our profession through “p”rofessional development, “a”dvocacy, “c”ollaboration and “e”ducation. KSHA works to strengthen and maintain collaborations with the state government and the Kentucky Department of Education. We have formed an alliance with the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association and Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association to increase the voice for rehabilitation and habilitation topics and concerns in the state.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in Kentucky today?
Audiologists and SLPs across the state of Kentucky are adjusting to significant changes in health care and private practice regarding certificates of need (CON) and same-day documentation for Medicaid/Medicare. Changes in requirements for obtaining teaching certification have been challenging for our professionals in higher education as well as for school-based SLPs. In addition, Kentucky is developing guidelines for telepractice to address our members’ concerns regarding encroachment from out-of-state and international providers.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
KSHA members have set the PACE nationally, receiving recognition of the highest levels from ASHA. KSHA members Judith Page (2015) and Nancy Swigert (1998) have served as ASHA presidents. In 2015, Robert Marshall, Joseph Stemple and Nancy Swigert were awarded Honors of the Association. Lyn Covert was named an ASHA Fellow in 2015, joining the ranks of many other KSHA members who are ASHA Fellows. Several KSHA members have also received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement: Jane Kleinert (2013), Sandra Tattershall (2000), Linda Gregory (1992) and Jo Lynn Drury (1988).
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
In addition to our pace-setting leaders in the field, our advocacy efforts are also a point of pride. KSHA’s development and implementation of Student Advocacy Day has been successful in engaging our student membership. This collaboration among students, higher education faculty and government officials has opened needed dialogue between communication sciences professionals and politicians across the state. In 2010, KSHA’s advocacy efforts were successful in establishing line-item funding for House Bill 376, the “salary supplement bill.” Although the bill was not adopted into the final budget, our lobbyist and government relations committee continue to educate state legislators about our expertise and training. We are confident that, in time, the deserved salary supplement for our school-based clinicians will be funded.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
KSHA offers free membership to current students and a reduced post-graduate membership rate as an incentive to remain active in the association after graduation. At our annual state convention, we recruit student members to compete in the Praxis Bowl to win bragging rights and the Golden Brain trophy!
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in Kentucky know about you?
KSHA’s mission is to empower audiologists and SLPs through professional development, advocacy, collaboration and education. KSHA is a volunteer organization, and we spend many hours representing all work settings and all clients. KSHA carefully stewards members’ dollars and constantly strives to keep membership and convention fees to a minimum. Our focus for this year is to connect with our members beyond convention by increasing opportunities for interaction, both personally and through social media.
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