American Speech–Language–Hearing Association

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA organization logo.jpg
Formation 1925
Headquarters Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Executive Director
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 185,000 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 Capitol 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.

ASHA Conference[edit]

The 2014 ASHA conference was held in Orlando, Florida from November 20–22.

The 2017 ASHA conference will be held in Los Angeles, California from November 9–11.

Council for Academic Accreditation[edit]

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.[1] Accreditation is available for graduate programs with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology or clinical doctoral program in audiology.[2]

ASHA membership benefits[edit]

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 December 31, 2015, there are more than 185,000 members and affiliates of ASHA.[3] 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.[4]

Discrepancy Between US and ASHA Demographics[edit]

Now I will compare the demographics of the United States with those of ASHA membership to bring attention to the discrepancy between demographics. According to the 2010 Census, 27.6 percent of the US population is a member of a racial minority and 22 percent of students ages 5-17 in the schools speak a language other than English at home. 21 percent of the population over 5 years old speaks another language other than English at home . Males comprise 49.1 percent of the population. Meanwhile, ASHA Membership and Affiliation Counts Year-End 2016 report that 7.9 percent of members are of a racial minority, 5 percent of members identify their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino, 7 percent identify as bilingual service providers, and males currently comprise 3.7 percent of SLPs.[5]

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)[edit]

ASHA sponsors special interest groups (SIGS) within the organization as a means of promoting community and learning in more specialized topics. As of 2016, ASHA has 19 established Special Interest Groups (SIG). These have been added through the years. ASHA members can be a SIG Affiliate of any number of SIGS, with each affiliation requiring nominal yearly dues. The 19 SIGS are:


  1. ^ Eaton, Judith (2009). An Overview of U.S. Accreditation (PDF). Council for Higher Education Accreditation. pp. 8–9. 
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  3. ^ "ASHA Membership Profile: Highlights and Trends". Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  4. ^ “Benefits of ASHA Membership.” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 2014.
  5. ^ "Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of American Speech Language Pathologists". Retrieved 2017-05-07. 

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