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  • 02 Sep 2016 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New regulations that went into effect July 18, 2016 will require audiologists and speech-language pathologists to review and update their nondiscrimination policies to ensure compliance with the Office for Civil Rights’ Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities final rule. The rule expands on existing policies that protect patients against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability. To learn how the new requirements may impact you, be sure to register for the free live online chat “Update on New and Existing Nondiscrimination Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in Healthcare Settings” scheduled for Monday September 12, from 6:00pm-7:30pm ET (open to ASHA members).

  • 26 Jul 2016 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join or renew your ISHA membership today for the 2016-17 Membership year!  The membership year runs from September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017.  Are you newly licensed?  Join ISHA today for a discount!  Click here to learn more NOW!  Questions?  Call us at (317)916-4146.

  • 25 Jul 2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Call for Papers - ISHA CONVENTION 2017

    April 20-22, 2017

    Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre- Indianapolis, IN

    If you are interested in submitting papers to be considered for a presentation at the 2017 Convention - April 20th-22nd, please submit the information electronically here prior to October 30, 2016. 

    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!

  • 16 Jun 2016 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    EHDI Legislation Needs More Cosponsors

    We need your help! ASHA is looking to get additional Senate cosponsors on legislation to reauthorize the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act (S. 2424). Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the bill in December 2015. This legislation would reauthorize the federal portion of this important and highly successful initiative for the next five years.

    Although great strides have been made, significant work remains to be done to ensure that newborns with hearing loss receive timely and appropriate services. Continued federal funding is necessary to ensure that state EHDI programs become fully operational and successful, and that they properly link screening programs with diagnosis and early intervention. Please ask your Senators to cosponsor this important legislation today!

    EHDI legislation—championed by Congressmen Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Louis Capps (D-CA)—has already passed the House. The Senate must now pass the bill and get it to the President in order for the program to be reauthorized.

    EHDI grants were first authorized in the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 1999, which was incorporated into the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2000, and signed into law. That law provided federal funds for state grants to develop infant hearing screening and intervention programs. The following year, Congress reauthorized these grants through the Children's Health Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-310), and included provisions related to early hearing screening and evaluation of all newborns, coordinated intervention, rehabilitation services, and research. In 2010, Congress passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010, which authorized these programs through 2015.

    ASHA Resources
    For more information, please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at

  • 14 Jun 2016 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEB. 23, 1920—JUNE 8, 2016

    BLOOMINGTON — Jean Lorraine Anderson was born on February 23, 1920, on a farm in central Michigan, 20 miles from Muskegon and from her beloved Lake Michigan, to Rollin J. Anderson and Francis (Stuart) Anderson.

    She was descended from early pioneering families in the area. Her father’s family originated in Scotland and came to Michigan by way of Canada; her mother came from many generations of New Englanders who were the first settlers in the area of Michigan where Jean was raised. She attended a one-room rural school through 8th grade and graduated from Fremont, Michigan, High School. Upon graduation she entered a two-year program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a program designed to train teachers for post-Depression years in rural schools.

    After teaching three years in a one-room rural school much like the one she had attended, she returned to Western Michigan, where she majored in speech pathology and earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She was challenged by this relatively new field and remained in it in various capacities until her retirement from Indiana University in 1987. She worked first as a Speech Pathologist in the public schools of Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. During this time she earned her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She then worked for eight years in the Indiana Department of Education as the first state supervisor of speech and hearing programs in the Indiana schools. In 1965 she returned to Indiana University, where she obtained her Doctorate in 1968 and became a faculty member of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, from which she retired as a full professor in 1987.

    During this time she was active in the Indiana Speech, Language Association (ISHA) and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). For many years before and after her retirement, Jean traveled to various University programs to lead workshops and present lectures on the training of speech pathologists, emphasizing the importance of the supervisory process. She was recognized for her professional activities when she received the Honors of the Association in 1982.

    Jean was a member of many other organizations. She was a charter member of Bloomington Restorations, Inc. (BRI), where she was active as an officer and committee member. She was a member of the Local Council of Women and the Bloomington Hospital Board, where she served in several capacities including one year as President of the Hospital Board. She was an avid reader, especially of historical literature. She was a dedicated gardener, a lover of nature and an active member in the Bloomington Garden Club, where she participated in the Annual Garden Club organization by that group.

    Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Arda Landergren of Bloomington; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her sister Beth (Anderson) Laubach of Jackson, MI; nephew, Richard Landergren of Tuscon; niece, Karen Landergren of Denver, CO; great-niece, Star (Landergren) Shields; great-nephews, Gabriel Landergren of Madison, WI, Skyler Landergren of Tucson, AZ; and several great-great-nieces and nephews of Wisconsin and Arizona. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana.

    A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington, has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at

  • 28 Mar 2016 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This is Jennifer Freeman, your new representative for Indiana with the ASHA State Advocacy for Medicare Policy (StAMP).  So far I have attended one StAMP meeting via goto meeting and have learned about the structure of the ASHA StAMPS.  I am now a member of their ASHA community where StAMP representatives from most of the 50 states and ASHA representatives post information about current trends and questions about the various MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractors).  I hope to create Blog entries to keep you informed of StAMP topics.  I also want to hear about any specific trends or problems you are experiencing with Medicare.  The best way to contact me is by email   I am very new to all of this, but want to strive to communicate through the ISHA blog. 

    The latest topic was about coverage for skilled speech-language pathology services in skilled nursing facilities after a qualifying acute care stay.  The bottom-line is that Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to all medically necessary care related to the condition for which they were hospitalized or any other such conditions that arose or were identified during the qualifying acute care stay.  Some MACs are questioning speech services in SNF when they were not provided in acute care. 

    Also discussed in the March meeting were University Clinic Medicare Issues for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.  Nationally, very few SLP’s are enrolled as a Medicare provider when compared to our fellow Audiologist, OT and PT colleagues.  Why should university supervisors enroll?  SLP’s cannot provide services to any Medicare recipient without being enrolled.  Barriers discussed were the need to have a physician on site and the supervision requirement of students being under the direction of enrolled SLP 100% of time.  Check out this article written by a fellow StAMP from Texas, Lisa Milliken, she does a great job explaining about enrolling to be a Medicare provider.


    The next meeting will be 4/5/2016 and the topic will be Value based payment Part B:  Merit based Incentive Payment System.

    Advocating for Indiana!

    Jennifer Freeman, MA CCC-SLP

    ISHA member

    ASHA StAMP for Indiana

  • 24 Mar 2016 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Zane Langenbrunner, and I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  I am conducting an online survey of professional speech-language pathologists for my Honors research thesis and I am in need of subjects! 


    The survey will examine SLPs’ level of training in bilingual service delivery topics, as well as their own practice with bilingual Spanish-English children.  The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  Participants’ responses will be completely anonymous, and data will not be stored past the completion of the thesis project in May 2016.


    Even if you do not or have never worked with bilingual children, your response is greatly needed for this research.  This research seeks to report on the level of training that SLPs in all environments are receiving on this important topic.


    This study has been approved by the IRB of Ball State University (IRB protocol # 877701-1 ).  


    Please follow this link to complete the survey:


    Thank you for your participation, 

    Zane Langenbrunner

  • 23 Feb 2016 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is not too late to join ISHA tomorrow at the State House!

    WHAT:   Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association

                  Legislative Breakfast

    WHEN:  Wednesday, February 24th, 2016


    WHERE: Indiana State Capitol /North Atrium

                  200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


    The second floor is considered the main floor. The rotunda is in the middle, the north atrium is the north side of the building that faces Ohio Street. There are two public entrances. The Capitol Ave. entrance leads you directly on to the main floor; people will turn right from the rotunda. If you use the Senate Ave. door, which is the first floor (basement), people should turn left when they get through security, take another left, and take elevator to 2nd floor. It opens to the north atrium.

    Visit website to get driving directions from your location:

    WHY: It has been several years since ISHA has sponsored a legislative day at the Capitol. Every year there is legislation that impacts our profession and those we serve. ISHA is fortunate to be well-represented by our lobbyist, Mark Scherer; but it is the personal stories that only we can share that leave a lasting impression on our legislators. It is imperative that our legislators understand 1) the multifaceted roles of speech pathologists and audiologists 2) who/what ISHA is and what our organization does for our profession and our consumers and 3) current legislation impacting our profession and our patients/clients/consumers.

    Information you need to know:


    Closer but more expensive parking garages:

    Embassy Suites (entrances off Capitol and Washington streets)

    Hyatt (entrance off Capitol)

    Westin (entrance off Washington)

    Marriott (entrance off Washington)

    Hilton (entrance off Market)

    Less expensive but not as close parking garages:

    Circle Center Mall Indianapolis has 3 parking garages around the location:

    World of Wonders Garage: 24-hour access 

    (Entrances on Illinois and Maryland)

    Sun Garage: Mon. - Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Sun.: 10:00 a.m. - Midnight (Entrances on Washington and Maryland)

    Moon Garage: Mon. - Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight, Sun.: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Entrance on Georgia)

    Parking Hours & Rates:

    Before 5:00pm Mon. - Fri.

    0 - 3 hours     $2
    3 - 4 hours     $4

    We cannot enter the building before 7:30.

    All visitors are screened using metal detectors.

    All bags and packages are screened using x-ray equipment. 

  • 29 Jan 2016 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Brandall Bond, and I am an undergraduate student from Truman State University. I am interested in gathering your professional perspective concerning the use of different testing measures.

    The purpose of this study is to collect data on diagnostic testing procedures.

    To gather this data I am asking for 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire attached below. Participants will have complete anonymity, and will not be associated with the publication or reporting of the data.

    Even if you do not specialize or have never treated this population, please consider completing the survey, it holds the potential to reveal information about quality testing procedures used for other populations.

    By contributing you individual methods of practice, you will assist in the collective understanding of assessment procedures within the discipline.

    Please Click here to complete the questionnaire.

    Thank You,

    Brandall Bond

    Principal Investigator: Brandall Bond,

    Communication Disorders Undergraduate Student


    (314) 201-3011

    Co-Investigator: Dr. Janet Gooch,  Ph.D , CCC-SLP

    Dean of Health Sciences and Education

    (660) 785-4383

  • 25 Jan 2016 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Be sure to plan on coming “Back to the Future” with us at the 2016 Annual Convention. 

    Registration will open mid-February!

    If you are planning on attending, please make your hotel reservations right away. 

    The rooms fill up quickly!!  Call the Sheraton Hotel and Suites – Keystone Crossing at

    (be sure to mention ISHA or Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
    or book online at:

    Rates are as follows: 



    Single Rate

    Double Rate

    Triple Rate

    Quad Rate

     Deluxe Rooms





    Club Level Rooms





    The cut-off date for making reservations is March 21st

    If you have trouble making a reservation, feel free to give us a call at 317-916-4146.

    Convention highlights include:

    3 full days of sessions with Breakfast & Learn by Shari Robertson, a keynote session presented by Brett Eastburn entitled “No Handicaps,” EBS Director/ASHA Board of Directors Melanie Hudson presenting “You’ve Got What it Takes,” and numerous other sessions to include Literacy, Technology, Speech and Resonance, the Healthcare Environment, Coding and Documentation, Medicare -- plus Movie Night and much more!

    New this year, EBS is sponsoring a Quiz Bowl for students (to earn 2.0 CE’s) on Friday, April 15th. In addition, ASHA is hosting a session especially for students “Embarking on Your New Career – Understanding Resources, Licensure and Issues Impacting the Profession.”  Friday is “STUDENT FOCUS DAY!”  Poster Presentations are Friday evening (earn more CEU’s for attending).

    BE PREPARED! This year coffee will be available all day – every day, however no snacks will be provided unless a sponsorship is secured. If you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring a break, please contact ISHA at 317-916-4146.

    REMEMBER – RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY APRIL 3rd in order to get reduced rates for registration.

    We look forward to seeing you when we go “Back to the Future!”

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