ArSHA Statement on Anti-Racism
The senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the numerous other unjust Black killings have left us all grieving, but none more than the Black community. The Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, clients, patients, students and Black community at large. It is devastating that it took the loss of these lives for further light to be shed on the systemic racism and injustices that continue to exist in this country.
The fact that our profession is predominately White is not lost on us. Despite efforts to increase diversity in the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA member demographics continue to fall short compared to the communities we serve. With this in mind, we are committed to confronting racism, racial bias, and inequity. As a helping profession, our job is not only to recognize the individual needs of each person we serve, but to understand the lens in which we view the world and how this affects our every interaction. We need to address the impact that racism and biases has on our field and the way we deliver services.
Our work happens within the context of our communities, cities, state, country and the world right now. It is our goal to make the spaces within which we operate safe and supportive. As clinicians, it is our responsibility to create this safe and supportive environment as we continually examine the ethics of our words, actions and assumptions.
ArSHA, led by our Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Committee, is committed to fostering open discussion among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students entering our field, providers, and those receiving our services within the broader provider community. We are also committed to creating and disseminating resources for providers to use as they confront racism, racial bias, and inequity in their work with those with communication disorders and differences. Previous work by the committee includes: "Implicit Bias in Clinical Practice" by Chelsea Privette, M.Ed., CCC-SLP (https://www.arsha.org/implicit-bias-in-clinical-practice/); and "Cultural Differences and Imposter Syndrome" by Nicole C. Flournory (https://www.arsha.org/cultural-differences-and-imposter-syndrome/). Look for more resources and opportunities in the coming months.
Please join us in this important work.
The Executive Board, Special Committee Chairs, and Arizona State Adocates
Executive Order Expands Telepractice
Governor Ducey has signed an executive order to expand telepractice across all health professions. This includes telepractice coverage for Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. The order stipulates that "all health insurance plans regulated by the Arizona Department of Insurance are hereby required to provide coverage for all healthcare services that are provided through telemedicine". ArSHA expresses our gratitude to Governor Ducey for his action on behalf of the people we serve. Thank you to ArSHA leadership who have been actively involved in this effort . #advocacyinaction
The Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArSHA) welcomes you to its online home.
ArSHA is the professional association for audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Arizona. This site is a resource for ArSHA members regarding the association’s activities, CEU opportunities, job bank, and licensure updates, as well as for non-members wanting career and membership information.
Striving for a state where everyone communicates to their full potential.
Empowering Arizona’s speech, language, and hearing professionals through advocacy, leadership, and professional development to best serve those with communication and related disorders.
If you need to find an Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist, ArSHA maintains a list of certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists for consumer referrals. Please contact us for more information.
We encourage you to also visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) web page for additional information regarding the profession. Issues, resources and other information are updated regularly, so please visit often!
Becoming an ArSHA Member:
Interested in becoming a member of the Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Association? Please download the ArSHA Membership form below, fill it out, and return it to the ArSHA Office.
ArSHA Mail-In Membership Application- Adobe PDF
ArSHA Online Membership Application
What does ArSHA do for me as an Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist?
- Annual CE opportunities
- Discounts to annual convention, seminars, and webinars
- Strength in numbers
- Audiology + SLP members together = stronger impact at legislative level
- Lobbyists to advocate and monitor at the state legislature and licensing board
- Committee and task forces to work with state organizations to promote our professions
- Website, email communication, and social media presence with alerts and information
- Liaison with ASHA
- Forum for ethical concerns to be addressed
- Awards and Honors given to deserving members
- Networking and employment opportunities
- Opportunities to participate in leadership in Association governance
August-October marks the time to lock in your benefits as an ArSHA member! Starting October 1st you'll have access to numerous benefits including free webinars and a reduced fee for next year's conference. Click here to start the process.