South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association Website: www.scsha.net Facebook: South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (page is private) Established: 1958 Members: 1,000-plus Contact: Mollie Miller, mmiller@mpastrategies.com, 803-764-5041 Through our lobbyist, SCSHA works hard to keep our members educated on the proposals and bills introduced in the state legislature that may affect them professionally. We notify members of ... State Spotlight
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South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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  • —Elizabeth Fogle, SCSHA president
    —Elizabeth Fogle, SCSHA president×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / State Spotlight
State Spotlight   |   July 01, 2017
South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22072017.68
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22072017.68
Website: www.scsha.net
Facebook: South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (page is private)
Established: 1958
Members: 1,000-plus
Contact: Mollie Miller, mmiller@mpastrategies.com, 803-764-5041
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
Through our lobbyist, SCSHA works hard to keep our members educated on the proposals and bills introduced in the state legislature that may affect them professionally. We notify members of an impending issue via an eblast encouraging them to take an active stance on legislation and providing them with the information to contact their state legislator so their voice can be heard.
SCSHA is also committed to making a difference in our members’ professional lives by helping them meet their professional education requirements through our annual state convention. We are also excited to bring back SCSHA’s one-day fall workshop—this year, the CEU event will focus on pediatric feeding disorders.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in South Carolina today?
Infringement on the practice of speech-language pathology by other disciplines has become a challenge for us in South Carolina. There are people claiming to be qualified to treat communication disorders, but they have no master’s degree and they lack competency-based learning and training in the knowledge and skills across SLPs’ scope of practice. Infringement is not only an issue for the future of our profession but also for people who need high-quality, evidence-based services that only a master’s-level, certified speech-language pathologist can provide.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
Over the past 60 years, SCSHA has accomplished much. We are proud to say that our association is going strong, growing and continuously advocating for our members, so it is hard to pick just one proudest moment.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
On June 17, 2015, SCSHA and ASHA lost one of their own: Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, an SLP at Goose Creek High School, in the Charleston church shooting. To honor her memory and her love for our profession, SCSHA held the first annual Sharonda Coleman-Singleton 5K race in Columbia, South Carolina, in the fall of 2016. The event raises money to establish a scholarship in Sharonda’s name. The first scholarship winners were awarded their scholarship at the SCSHA annual convention in February 2017.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
SCSHA offers a one-year free membership to students graduating from one of South Carolina’s colleges or universities with a degree in the communication sciences and disorders field.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
As president, I have adopted the quote from Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” to encourage members to become active participants in our association. Each of our members is very important to our association. Each of them has something to offer, whether big or small, in order for SCSHA to continue on its successful path in being an association for all audiologists and SLPs in our state.
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