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ISHA Legislative Efforts


Summary of ISHA Legislative Activities

  • 2020 - Assisted successful efforts to establish youth helmet safety programs.
  • 2020 - Assisted successful efforts to improve First Steps services.
  • 2019 - Successfully lobbied to sunset Emergency Communication Disorder Permits in schools after 2 years.
  • 2019 - Assisted successful efforts to add ANSI standards to audio frequency induction loop systems for telecoils.
  • 2019 - Successfully lobbied to prevent deregulation of Hearing Aid Dealers.
  • 2019 - Successfully lobbied to prevent deregulation of hearing aid fitting.
  • 2019 - Assisted successful efforts to add notice of parental choice and definition of amplification to new Deaf & Hard of Hearing services program.
  • 2018 - Assisted successful efforts to establish option of salary supplements for special education teachers.
  • 2018 - Successfully lobbied to restore supervision of students fitting hearing aids.
  • 2017 - Assisted successful changes to Hearing Aid Assistance Program to add children age 3-7 to eligibility, remove requirement to use other reimbursement, and increase reimbursement from $1500 to $2000 per hearing aid.
  • 2017 - Assisted successful efforts to allow all provider groups to apply to OMPP for telemedicine reimbursement.
  • 2017 - Assisted successful repeal of Jobs Creation Committee that proposed deregulation of hearing aid dealers.
  • 2017 - Assisted successful efforts to increase Developmental Delay designation potential from age 5 to 9.
  • 2016 - Assisted successful efforts to establish scholarship program for new teachers.
  • 2016 - Unsuccessfully fought for salary supplements for SLPs in schools.
  • 2015 - Helped obtain funding for hearing aids for children.
  • 2015 - Unsuccessfully fought for salary supplements for SLPs in schools.
  • 2015 - Helped obtain prohibition on unlicensed health care providers being placed on new pilot registry that provides no state oversight.
  • 2014 - Helped obtain prohibition on sale of hearing aids without fitting.
  • 2013 - Obtained requirements for education and training when OTs perform dysphagia therapy.
  • 2013 - Successfully opposed efforts by music therapists to create licensure enabling speech therapy.
  • 2012 - Provided information to ISHA members on legislative efforts to establish Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education.
  • 2012 - Opposed unsuccessful efforts to deregulate hearing aid dealers.
  • 2011 - Opposed unsuccessful efforts to permit OTs to perform dysphagia therapy.
  • 2010 - Successfully opposed combining hearing aid dealer licensing with SLP/AUD licensing.
  • 2009 - Assisted successful efforts to establish program to provide hearing aids for children.
  • 2008 - Assisted unsuccessful efforts to obtain funding for graduate SLP program in Ft. Wayne.
  • 2008 - Supported upgrade of regulation for OTs from certification to licensure.
  • 2007 - Obtained repeal of Restricted Test List that would have prevented SLPs from using many diagnostic testing instruments.
  • 2007 - Obtained standards for Emergency Permits in schools.
  • 2006 - Obtained standardization of CE requirements for teacher licenses.
  • 2005 - Maintained Master’s level requirement for SLPs as part of updates to SLP/AUD practice act.
  • 2005 - Obtained education and training requirements for support personnel.

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