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  • 16 Aug 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Call for Papers - ISHA CONVENTION 2018

    April 5-7, 2018

    Sheraton Indianapolis Keystone Crossing - Indianapolis, IN

    If you are interested in submitting papers to be considered for a presentation at the 2018 Convention - April 5th-7th, please submit the information electronically here no later than November 1, 2017. 

    Please note individuals accepted to present will receive a complimentary convention registration.  Expenses and honorariums do not apply.

    Submissions should include the following:

    1.   Call for Papers Form.

    2.   Title with presenter name(s) and credentials.

    3.   Abstract of 75 to 100 words or less (will be used in the convention program book).

    4.   Summary of 500 to 1000 words including time ordered agenda.

    5.   Short, professional biography (not to exceed 100 words) for each presenter.

    6.   Learning Outcomes: list at least 3 learning outcomes participants will gain. Learning outcomes should be observable, measurable and achievable by the learner. Use ACTION VERBS; do not use words such as learn or understand. Suggested wording: "As a result of the activity, the participant will..."

    7.   A completed financial disclosure form.

    8.   If presentation is selected, a picture will be required for the registration brochure.

    If you have any questions, please call us at (317) 916-4146.




    Click here to submit information electronically!

  • 07 Jul 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your 60-Second Advocacy Update



    Tools You Can Use – Looking for telepractice/telesupervision requirements in your state? New webpages are now available for each state including laws and regulations to assist members in this area. Visit your state's page to learn more.


    Making an Impact – Last week, ASHA members sent over 7,600 emails to Congress opposing Medicaid block grants and preserving habilitation and rehabilitation services as essential health benefits in health care reform legislation. Thanks for speaking out!


    Working for You

    ASHA collaborated with state associations to encourage outreach to their Senators in expressing concern about certain provisions in the Senate health care reform bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Concerns included a reduction in Medicaid funding, repealing federally-mandated essential health benefits, and promoting the interstate sale of health plans.

    • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled an important vote on the BCRA before a scheduled week-long recess over the Fourth of July. Senate leaders continue to negotiate the health care legislation, but it is unclear whether the Senate will have the necessary votes (52) to bring the bill to the Senate floor.

    • The U.S. Department of Education is requesting public comments [PDF] on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in keeping with President Trump's Executive Order, ''Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.'' ASHA staff are reviewing the notice and will submit comments by the August 21, 2017, deadline.

    • The U.S. Department of Education has announced [PDF] its intention to establish two negotiated rulemaking committees to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

    • The June 27, 2017, Congressional Briefing on the Value of Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services and Devices [video] was organized by 60 national groups, attended by over 150 people, included presentations from two members of Congress and five advocates, and ended with coalition visits to 48 Senators.

    Fast Fact

    460 people supported ASHA's Thunderclap to preserve access to rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. The message reached over 22,250 people through social media. Learn more about Thunderclap.


    What is ASHA Advocacy? Speaking out personally and professionally for communication, a human right that is accessible and achievable for all!


    Follow ASHA Advocacy on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 26 Jun 2017 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all non-grandfathered health insurance plans offered in the small group and individual markets, both in and outside of the marketplace, to provide benefits for 10 essential health benefit (EHB) categories. Habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices is one of the EHB required categories. These services are vital in helping clients with speech, language, cognition, swallowing, and hearing/balance/tinnitus disorders to achieve, acquire, maintain, or regain skills to improve functional communication outcomes.

    Request your members of Congress to reject efforts to eliminate coverage for habilitative and rehabilitative services and devices from legislative efforts to repeal, replace, or reform the Affordable Care Act.

    Learn More:

  • 21 Jun 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Rachel, 

    PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO YOUR COLLEAGUES IN YOUR STATE AND IN OTHER STATES... (apologies to our Canadian and International members--this is a US-centric issue!) 

    Many of our Education Partner Organizations are urging us all to  make the "Medicaid in schools" argument to the ENTIRE Congressional delegation. It is critical we make our case about this issue and how it will negatively impact students with disabilities! 

    Visit the Legislative Action Center  to write your Congressional Delegation --there are three letters we need you to send.  

    One letter is on the negative impact of the current House version of the AHA bill will have on students with disabilities. It is important for you to let your Senators know your conviction on this issue. Remember you can add and cut these letters to make them more personal to you and your district. 

    Another letter  is on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 and FY 2018 appropriations budgets. We ask you to urge your member of Congress to invest in children with exceptionalities by funding special education, gifted education and early intervention programs! 

    The third letter is about supporting public education and is a message we need to make sure all  of Congress hears! 

    Budgets are tight and Congress is under extreme pressure to keep funding to a minimum. Tell Congress education can not absorb any more funding cuts! 

    Go to CEC's  Legislative Action Center  today!


    So in closing...please visit the the CEC LAC to send your three letters!  Encourage all your friends to do the same--children are depending on your voice! 


    Thank you for all you do EVERYDAY! 

    Luann Purcell

    Executive Director

    Council of Administrators of Special Education

    Want your voice heard even louder?  Why not register for the Special Education Summit, July 9-13!  We want to have a BIG foot print up on the Hill on Tuesday, July 11! 

  • 07 Jun 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    This is Jennifer Freeman, your Indiana representative with the ASHA State Advocacy for Medicare Policy Network (StAMP).  I wanted to share some of the discussion from the June 6, 2017 StAMP goto meeting.  Our topic was Medicare Advantage programs (MA) and was led by Kate Ogden from ASHA.  We discussed the tremendous marketing that MA programs use and how they “promise the moon.”  Many consumers don’t understand the difference between traditional Medicare and a MA.  Many consumers with MA think they have traditional Medicare.  Frequently these consumers are fine until a major medical event like a stroke or surgery and then they need a skilled rehab stay.  Frequently that rehab stay is only approved until they can walk 50 feet and transfer to toilet. 

    The 2017 Medicare Advantage Summit hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) was discussed.  Check out their website for more information. 


    ASHA is seeking information about problems we as providers are having with Medicare Advantage coverage.  Please let me know if you have an issue to share.    ASHA is developing an informational handout for providers and consumers about Medicare and MA programs.  I will share when they become available.

    Advocating for Indiana,

    Jennifer Freeman, MA CCC-SLP

  • 04 May 2017 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleague:

    I would like to cordially invite you to an evening of light refreshments and a lecture by renowned speech-language pathologist Jackie Gartner-Schmidt PhD SLP-CCC at the Indiana University School of Medicine Voice Center on May 15 at 4:30 PM.  Dr Gartner-Schmidt is the co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center and is recognized as a leading expert in care of voice disorders; she will be giving a lecture on “The Black Box of Voice Therapy”.

    The Indiana University School of Medicine Voice Center is a new center as part of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  The center functions on a model of true inter-professional care of voice, airway, and swallowing disorders.  My professional philosophy holds essential the collaborative efforts between physicians, speech-language pathologists, and others in the voice world and I am excited to be able to foster that collaborative spirit with programs like this that bring our fields together.

    Please feel free to invite others in your department that may have an interest in attending.  I ask that you kindly RSVP to Sarah Maxwell at with a head count of who may be attending so we can reserve the proper space size and enough refreshments.


    Benjamin Anthony, M.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Director, Indiana University School of Medicine Voice Center

    Clinic phone | 317.963.7082

    Clinic fax | 317.963.7085

    Cell phone | 832.459.9251

    Email | or

    JGS Lecture Word 1.pdf

    PARKING directions for ROC and Fesler.pdf

  • 13 Apr 2017 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Single items, baskets, coupons/certificates, University themed items


    Indiana Speech-Language Hearing Association Silent Auction:


    What:     Silent Auction

                    Bid on items as many times as you like!


    When:  Thursday, April 20th and Friday, 21st

                  Bidding will stop at 3:00 on Friday April 21st.


    Why:     Support scholarships for students who are ISHA members


    Where: Lower level of the Sheraton during ISHA.



    Complete Timeline for submission: 

    ISHA 2017 Silent Auction Contribution Form.pdf

    Submit form and contact Dawn Wetzel with items to donate at


    Drop off items by Wednesday 4/19 if at all possible. 

    Can be arranged with Dawn Wetzel or other Executive Council members. 

    May also drop off items at registration table first thing Thursday morning. 


  • 30 Mar 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention ISHA Members:


    Did you, or someone you know receive any type of special recognition in 2016 outside of ISHA?  ISHA Publications and Communications team wants to hear about it!  

    Please share your story by submitting the following form:

    Share Your Stories Indiana form 2016.pdf

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Share Your Stories Indiana form 2016.pdf

  • 20 Mar 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EHDI Legislation Introduced: Contact Your Members of Congress Today to Co-sponsor This Important Legislation 

    Forwarded on behalf of ASHA Advocacy: ​


    On March 15, 2017 legislation (S. 652/H.R. 1539) was introduced in both the Senate and House to reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI) for the next five (5) years.


    Sponsors of the bill are Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). In 2010, Congress passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010, which authorized these programs through 2015. In September 2015, legislation was introduced and passed in the House, however it was unable to come up for a vote in the Senate.  It is imperative that reauthorization occurs as soon as possible to ensure this successful program continues. 


    Click this link to the ASHA Advocacy campaign to Take action today

    ASHA Resources

    For more information, please contact Sam Hewitt, ASHA's director of congressional advocacy, at or 202-624-5961

  • 09 Mar 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISHA's 2017 - 80th Annual Spring Convention

    Around the World in 80 Years

    Celebrating the Art,
    Science, and Miracle of Communication


    Click Here to Download the Brochure.

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    Room block EXTENDED to March 24, 2017!

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