2020 President's Message

Rachel Glade, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

 

from 1st quarter newsletter

 Hello Awesome Aw-Inspiring ArkSHA Members!
 
We are eager to share all the wonderful things ArkSHA has been working on during the past few months. We have continued to share content and make connections on our social media outlets. Our Facebook page is reaching more than ever before with almost 750 followers! We published ArkSHA’s Advocacy Priorities in January and have been adding content to the ArkSHA website, including “members only” sections with access to specialized content and our newly designed ArkSHA website. 
 
You provided us excellent feedback in our member survey in 2019 and we listened. See the table below for a quick summary of action items that have been completed or are currently in progress. 
 ArkSHA Action Items
For a comprehensive list of action items in progress or completed, please review the board meeting minutes on the website. In addition to all the work listed above, your Past-President, LeeAnn Griffith has been working with legislators, lobbyists, colleagues, and state stakeholders to advocate for the Interim Study Proposal (ISP) which is a mechanism to educate school administrators on the role and responsibilities speech-language pathologists play in the school setting. Additionally, ArkSHA submitted a letter of support for ASHA’s “Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)” which would allow for the practice of telehealth between states for both audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
 
ArkSHA just announced the date and content of our first “ArkSHA State of Affairs” online webinar that will also serve as a business meeting for our organization. Mark your calendar for April 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm. This 1-hour webinar will be open to all members and serve to catch up on current advocacy efforts as well as discuss the board’s proposal of updated bylaws. We are working to register the webinar as a professional development opportunity as well. Be sure to monitor our social media platforms for announcements. After the updated bylaws are presented during the webinar, members will be emailed the proposed bylaws and have 21 days to submit their vote in favor or opposed to the proposed changes. 
 
So, the next time you hear someone say, “What does ArkSHA do for me?” you might start by answering, “Let me count the ways” (and get them connected to our website and social media).
 
Wishing you and those you serve all the best,
Rachel Glade, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
ArkSHA 2020 President
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