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  • 01 Apr 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know?  ISHA is giving away a GOOGLE MINI TABLET at the ISHA Business Meeting which begins on Thursday at Convention!  Get your ticket to win as you enter Veteran’s Hall.  The meeting starts at 8:00 am.

  • 28 Mar 2014 5:07 PM | Anonymous

     

    ASHA Action Alert: Stop Legislation That Would Recognize Hearing Aid Specialists as Providers in the VA

    Yesterday, March 27th, a hearing was held on legislation related to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health benefits, including H.R. 3508. This legislation would recognize hearing aid specialists for appointment to the VA to independently provide hearing aid evaluations, fittings and orientation, verification and clinical outcomes measurements, and customary after care services. ASHA submitted a statement for the record in opposition to the legislation. The VA Deputy under Secretary for Health Policy and Services testified in opposition to the bill, stating that the Secretary of the VA already has the authority to hire hearing aid specialists.

    In its testimony, the VA stated that the lack of standardized educational and professional health licensure requirements of hearing aid specialists could fragment hearing health care services and limit delivery of comprehensive hearing health care services because Veterans frequently exhibit hearing loss in combination with other comorbidities.

    The legislation is being championed by the International Hearing Society and has the support of several veteran groups who wrote in support of passing the legislation. Congressional inquiry at the hearing expressed concern with long wait times for both hearing health services and repair of devices given that tinnitus and hearing loss are the top service-related disabilities for veterans. Because of the interest and concerns expressed by members of Congress related to timely access to hearing health services, there is a possibility that H.R. 3508 may be included in a larger VA health bill later this year.

    Tell your Representative not to cosponsor this legislation. The legislation is redundant, unnecessary, and will not address issues associated with long wait times for hearing aids and hearing health care services.

    For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at ilusis@asha.org
    Take Action Here

  • 21 Mar 2014 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    We’ve worked hard since the last convention to address some of your concerns and suggestions for our 2014 Convention!  We appreciate your time filling out the convention evaluations and have developed action plans for this year. We want all attendees to enjoy themselves, learn, and have fun!

    Parking
    Parking at the Indianapolis Marriott East was a real problem for some attendees last year….. So this year we’ve worked with hotel to provide additional services!

    The hotel has agreed to provide secure off-site parking and shuttle service to hotel.  If you park off site, be on the lookout for the shuttle service!

    Also, Hotel will provide one (1) 12 passenger van to shuttle attendees to and from local restaurants within a three (3) mile radius on the evening of Friday, April 4, 2014. This will run on a first come, first served basis from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    As the date gets closer, stay tuned to our blog, ISHA App, Twitter, or Facebook pages for updated parking locations and info to help make your experience at convention wonderful.

    ISHA App
    Again this year, there is an app for that!  You can download the ISHA App today from your marketplace.  Search for ISLHA.  Make sure notifications are on to receive important updates!  You can also submit conference evaluations once you complete a session!

    Confirmation Emails
    ISHA Will send out confirmation emails the week of March 24th.  Watch your email for these important convention details including speaker handouts, parking instructions, and much more!

    Gleaner’s Food Bank
    Again this year, help donate to the needy in Central Indiana!  Gleaner’s Food Bank will have barrels available to collect your donations.  Remember, if you make a donation to Gleaner’s you will receive an extra exhibit hall giveaway ticket to enter in either Thursday or Friday – you chose which day!

    Click Here to See the list of Items Gleaner’s Food Bank Needs Most!

    Twitter
    Tweet us about convention using #ISHA14
    Follow us @ISHAIndiana

  • 21 Mar 2014 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    From: Elizabeth McCrea, 2014 ASHA President

    Date: March 18, 2014

    Subject: Joint Message from AAA, ADA and ASHA

     

    Dear Members,

    On Wednesday, March 5th, leaders from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) gathered for a joint meeting with the purpose of surveying audiology’s professional landscape, recognizing areas of alignment, barriers and identifying potential collaborative initiatives to better serve audiology.

     

    Read More - Click Here!

    Or Visit: http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/JointMessage_AAA_ADA_ASHA.pdf 

  • 12 Mar 2014 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    HOUSE BILL 1045

    For approximately ten years the profession of Occupational Therapy has been seeking to update their scope of practice. One of the proposed elements of the updated scope of practice was the addition of work with swallowing as Occupational Therapists (OTs) have traditionally worked with feeding and eating. Due to the substantial differences in the basic education and training in dysphagia of the professions of Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, over those ten years ISHA sought to achieve adequate consumer protections when Occupational Therapists work with clients with dysphagia. In recent years ISHA sought input from ASHA and formed a special task force to work on this issue. The task force consisted of Jeanne McMillan, Dawn Wetzel, Melissa McGrath, Dee Combs, Mary Jo Germani, and Elizabeth Baldwin.

     

    In the 2013 Session of the General Assembly the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and ISHA had extensive negotiations on how to address adequate consumer protections, but those negotiations did not result in a compromise. The negotiations resumed during the 2014 Session of the General Assembly, and during just the past few weeks the negotiations produced a compromise. That compromise is contained in House Bill 1045, which was just approved by the General Assembly on March 10. Please note that the Governor has not taken action on the bill yet, so at this time the bill is not law. If signed by the Governor, the law would take effect July 1, 2014.

     

    HB 1045 requires that OTs demonstrate clinical competencies when working with dysphagia. Those continuing competencies consist of at a minimum professional development or similar advanced training, passage of a written test, and demonstration of clinical skills and knowledge. The competencies must be updated at least annually. The bill also requires OTs to take continuing education in swallowing disorders.

     

    As part of the compromise, ISHA agreed to require a written test for SLPs who work with dysphagia. As with the OT written test, the test is merely the short exercise that would be administered during an annual clinical competency. It is not a new certification or anything of that nature. If current clinical competencies include a written test, those competencies would meet the law’s requirement. But in a practice setting where no clinical competencies currently exist that include a written test, SLPs would be required to pass a written test. It is envisioned that an employer would administer the test, but there are no parameters for content, length, or frequency. An employer could develop the test, ask a university to develop the test, obtain the test from ASHA, or use some other means to develop the test.

     

    View House Bill 1045 at the following link:

    http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/d/d/6/3/dd637673/HB1045.04.ENRH.pdf

  • 07 Mar 2014 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    Thursday April 3rd, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Be The Change: Confessions of an Accidental Activist

    Elaine Hall “Coach E!, referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer,”  and nominated by LA Magazine as one of “Los Angeles’ 50 most inspiring women”, was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies didn’t work, she sought guidance from luminaries in the field of autism, such as Dr. Barry Prizant and the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Inspired by a relationship approach to understanding her son’s autism, she rallied creative people to join Neal’s world, which brought Neal out of his isolation.

    Elaine developed these methods to create The Miracle Project, a groundbreaking theatre-based socialization program, profiled in the EMMY winning HBO film, AUTISM: The Musical.  

    Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, and featured in The LA Times, the Boston Globe, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day 2011 and as selected reading by the International Jewish Disability Awareness Month Consortium, February 2013. A champion for Inclusion, she is an international keynote speaker, a workshop leader, blogs for the Huffington Post and LA Parent Magazine, and was an invited to speaker at The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month 2009, 2011 and 2013.  In 2013, her son joined her at The United Nations using assistive technology to present to an audience of over 400 people.  

    Elaine presented her latest book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom at an International Conference in Jerusalem. She has received honors from Autism Speaks, Autism Society of L.A., The Mayor of Los Angeles, Senator Pavley, Areva Martin, Holly Robinson Peete, Etta Israel, The Shalom Institute among others.

    Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally. She also created an arts enrichment and a religious education program at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles which recently received a Jewish Community Foundation grant to provide training in Inclusion throughout L.A. Synagogues. Her Inclusion from WithIn (I Win) program is launching in faith-based communities and her flagship program, The Miracle Project Judaica was selected by the Slingshot Guide as one of 18 most innovative inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities in North America.  She lives in Santa Monica, CA with the two loves of her life: 19 year old awesome son, Neal, and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a therapist.

    ISHA is honored to have a world renowned speaker join us at convention this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Elaine share her perspective, expertise, and ideas with us during three different sessions available at convention.

    Other opportunities to hear Elaine Hall speak during convention

    Thursday April 3rd, 2014 1:30pm – 3:00 pm

    Using Music, Movement, Theatre and Art to Enhance Communication and Foster Inclusion

    ISHA Movie Night on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    AUTISM: The Musical
  • 28 Feb 2014 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    Dear ISHA members, 

    On Monday February 24, 2014 the Hearing Aids Bill (HB 1139) Passed in the Indiana Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee.

    Thank you for all the support you provided so far! Next step is the Senate!

    You can track the Bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/

    Thank you,

    Hala Elsisy

    ISHA VP of Audiology
  • 19 Feb 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, January 30, the House passed HB1139 with little opposition (88-8).

     

    HB 1139 would prohibit the sale, lease, or rental of a hearing aid in Indiana unless the hearing aid is fitted and adjusted by a hearing aid dealer or audiologist.

     

    The Bill was amended with HB 1337, which would require a study of the cost of a state program or insurance to provide hearing aids for children.

     

    ISHA has taken a position in support of HB 1139 and two of our audiology members, Susan Lopez and Deb Liebrich, provided crucial testimony in the House Public Health Committee in support of the Bill.

     

    We are thankful for ISHA members who testified and for members who contacted their state representatives and urged them to support HB1139.

     

    A copy of the bill can be viewed by using the following link:
    http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/

     

    The Bill has moved to the senate and is scheduled for a hearing on Monday February 24 at 10:100 am in the Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee

     

    Now it's time to contact your senator in the Senate Commerce, Economic Development & Technology Committee before 10:00 am on Monday February 24, 2014

     

    You need to simply ask your senator to support HB 1139. If you want to add a rationale, feel free to do so.

     

    You can contact your senator by either of the following ways:

          You can email your senator using the email address below.

          You can telephone your senator using the telephone number below.

     

    Senate Commerce, Economic Development &
    Technology Committee

    Sen. Jim Buck, Chair

    317-232-9466

    s21@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Ron Grooms

    317-234-9425

    s46@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Allen Paul

    317-232-9541

    s27@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Jim Smith

    317-234-9425

    s45@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Greg Walker

    317-232-9984

    s41@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Brent Waltz

    317-234-9426

    s36@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Mike Young

    317-232-9517

    s35@iga.in.gov

    Sen. John Broden

    317-232-9423

    s10@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Frank Mrvan

    317-232-9432

    s1@iga.in.gov

    Sen. Greg Taylor

    317-232-9576

    s33@iga.in.gov

     

    Thank you, 

    Hala Elsisy

    ISHA VP of Audiology

  • 06 Feb 2014 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Directed by Tricia Regan, 2007

    Autism: The Musical follows five children with autism, their parents, and the extraordinary acting coach Elaine Hall as they improbably and heroically mount a full-length original stage production. Through trial and error, tears and laughter, these incredible families learn to communicate their feelings in song and performance, finding solace and joy in the act of creating.

                                                            

    A veritable feast of astounding breakthroughs and heartbreaking hardship, this spellbinding film is a musical celebration of kids living with this increasingly prevalent disorder. Director Tricia Regan vividly captures the individual personalities and problems of each child, from precocious Henry who talks a mile-a-minute about dinosaurs to Neal, a sensitive and articulate boy who nonetheless struggles to speak at all. The parents, too, are fascinating studies in unconditional love, especially Elaine, the mastermind behind the musical and mother of Neal.

     

    A consciousness-raising and empathetic portrait of children and their families living with autism, Autism: The Musical celebrates the spark of humanity in each of us. “Moving, dramatic, therapeutic and unburdened by reliance on talking heads” (Variety), this film will change the way you look at autism.

     

    Bonus Features

    Companion Guide; Deleted Scenes; About Autism Speaks; About the Miracle Project; Filmmaker Biography

     

     

    Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, and featured in The LA Times, the Boston Globe, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day 2011 and as selected reading by the International Jewish Disability Awareness Month Consortium, February 2013.

     

    A champion for Inclusion, she is an international keynote speaker, a workshop leader, blogs for the Huffington Post and LA Parent Magazine, and was an invited to speaker at The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month 2009, 2011 and 2013.  In 2013, her son joined her at The United Nations using assistive technology to present to an audience of over 400 people.

     

    Through her personal experience with her son, “Coach E!” helped develop methods to create The Miracle Project. This groundbreaking theatre-based socialization program is featured in the Emmy winning HBO film, AUTISM: The Musical 

     

    For more info on The Miracle Project visit www.themiracleproject.org

     

    ISHA Convention Sessions with Elaine Hall

    Keynote Session: Thursday April 3rd, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am

    Be The Change: Confessions of an Accidental Activist

    Thursday April 3rd, 2014 1:30pm – 3:00 pm

    Using Music, Movement, Theatre and Art to Enhance Communication and Foster Inclusion

    ISHA Movie Night on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    AUTISM: The Musical

     

    Don’t miss the opportunity to view Autism: The Musical and book signing with ISHA’s 2014 Convention Keynote Speaker, Elaine Hall!

     

  • 28 Jan 2014 1:54 PM | Anonymous
    January 26, 2014

    Indiana Speech-Language Pathologists,

     

    Multiple concerns were brought to the attention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ISHA’s) Executive Council this past year concerning the use of emergency permits for communication disorders in Indiana.  This past December (2013), Ruth Ann Morrell, ISHA President, and myself met with a representative from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to discuss the concerns.

     

    It should be noted that less than 45 individuals currently hold an emergency permit in Communication Disorders in Indiana.  This number is substantially less than in past years. 

     

    Also, the IDOE and ISHA were in agreement to include our Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) --Indiana Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board -- Indiana Code (IC 25-35.6-1-8.5) specific to emergency communication disorder permit regulations on the IDOE’s website with their emergency permit information.  This is a cooperative effort for transparency about what is specifically required for individuals attempting to obtain an emergency permit in communication disorders.  The goal is for individuals applying for an emergency permit AND for administrators hiring individuals on an emergency permit to have access to IDOE and IPLA requirements and regulations in one location to minimize any misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about the qualifications required, and restrictions imposed, for an individual issued an emergency permit in communication disorders in Indiana.

     

    Please see the recently updated IDOE website below (as of 1/7/14):

    http://www.doe.in.gov/licensing/emergency-permits

    Sincerely,

    Rachel

    Rachel Ross-Kroemer, M.A., CCC-SLP

    ISHA President-Elect

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