The new year of ISHA programs and initiatives has begun. Registration for the Fall Conference on September 21 is open with Dr. Luis Escobar and others presenting information concerning genetic disorders. Complete information and registration are under the events tab on the website. The deadline for pre-registration rates is September 6. Note the new location for this conference at Kiwanis International on the northwest side of Indianapolis just off I-465 and Michigan Road.
Membership renewal is also open for the new year on the website. Your membership has to be renewed in order to get the members rate for the fall conference. If you have any difficulties with the online registration process, please be sure to call Central Office for assistance.
The program committee (under the guidance of Kitty Kubat & Anu Subramanian) has been extremely busy securing speakers for the annual convention April 3-5, 2014. They already have a program of recognized speakers on a variety of topics of interest so be sure to keep the date available.
The Executive Council met on August 25, 2013 and some of the initiatives and concerns that we will be addressing through task forces are telepractice, caseloads in the school setting and guidelines for school settings. We will also be monitoring other issues concerning changes in coding and any legislative issues that arise. If you would be interested in working on these or other task forces, please be sure to let us know when you renew your membership or contact Central Office. We need your help and input to address these issues in a way that will best benefit our membership.
We would like to welcome Hala Elsisy, Lori Carmichael-Howell and Bonnie Hertzog to the Executive Council. Members of the Executive Council who will be working on your behalf this year are: President, Ruth Ann Morrell; President-Elect, Rachel Ross-Kroemer; Treasurer, Pegi Risinger; Secretary, Lydia Hittle; VP of Professional Development, Lori Carmichael-Howell; VP of Publications and Communications, Jennifer Freeman; VP of Marketing, Susan Latham; VP of SLP, Jeanne McMillian; VP of Audiology, Hala Elsisy; Chair Nominating Committee, Bonnie Hertzog; ISHA STAR & SMAC Representative, Susan Rockafellow.
Be sure to check the website for other continuing education opportunities under the events tab. This is updated as we receive information such as recently adding information about the annual Crossroads Conference at Purdue Oct. 28-29.
If you have questions, ideas, concerns, or wish to become more active in the ISHA, contact Central Office. We will try to accommodate you in any way possible. Have a great Labor Day weekend! Here’s to another productive year for ISHA members.
Ruth Ann Morrell