American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
|Headquarters||Rockville, Maryland, U.S.|
|Arlene Pietranton, Executive Director|
The American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) is a professional association for speech–language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. It has more than 140,000 members and affiliates.
The mission of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech–language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.
The association's national office is located at 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland. The organization also has an office on Capital Hill.
Arlene Pietranton is currently serving as the association's executive director.
ASHA was founded in 1925 as the American Academy of Speech Correction. The current name was adopted in 1978.
The 2014 ASHA conference was held in Orlando, Florida from November 20-22.
Council for Academic Accreditation
The Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is the accreditation unit of the ASHA. Founded over 100 years ago by American universities and secondary schools, CAA established standards for graduate program accreditation that meet entry-level preparation in the speech and hearing field. Accreditation is available for graduate programs with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or clinical doctoral program in audiology.
ASHA membership benefits
Professionals of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) can become members of ASHA. These professionals include audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. As of May 4th, 2014, there are more than 173,070 members of ASHA. Opportunities membership of ASHA brings are access to publications associated with ASHA, to continuing education programs through ASHA, to a platform to network with other CSD professionals, to career-building tools, and to money-saving programs.
- Eaton, Judith (2009). An Overview of U.S. Accreditation. Council for Higher Education Accreditation. pp. 8–9.
- “Benefits of ASHA Membership.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 2014. http://www.asha.org/members/benefits/.
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