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  • 25 Sep 2013 4:47 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013:  Continuing education is inspirational.  I agree with Socrates, Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” The perspectives presented at the 2013 ISHA Fall Conference caused me to reflect on the genetic component of prior and current patients on my caseload with newly informed eyes.  I do not take copious notes during seminars; instead I apply my full attention to the speaker’s content and just jot down a few “golden nuggets” of information.  Below are the nuggets from my memo pad:


    §  When presented with a patient with hearing loss, consider it as a symptom not the diagnosis.


    §  Success in life is measured by happiness.


    §  Genetic Testing is not the same thing as a Genetic Evaluation.  Genetic evaluation is much more in-depth. 


    §  Gene expression can change. 


    §  When considering genetics, you must look at several generations of the family, not just the patient in isolation.


    §  “Genetics is not destiny.”  Just information to help family support child in reaching their potential.


    §  Between the 3rd and 6th month brain development is the greatest – 240%.  This is why early hearing detection is so important.


    §  40-60% of admissions to children’s hospitals are for genetic or genetic related conditions.


    §  To find a genetic counselor locally


    §  To find a genetic counselor nationally   


    §  Families can directly contact a genetic counselor if pediatrician does not share their urgency. 


    §  Don’t be hesitant to refer on to genetic counselor, developmental pediatrician, or multi-disciplinary medical team.


    §  Good resource


    §  Stuttering has a suspected genetic link – incidence with first degree relative = 20-74% vs. incidence in general population = <4.2%


    §  Genetic hearing loss is approx. 50-60% of all with hearing loss.


    §  Of genetic hearing loss 70% is non-syndromic.


    §  Genetic links between macrocephaly and Autism.

    The day concluded with the heartfelt sharing of three women about their experiences in living with genetic conditions.  It helped to hear their perspective as clinicians, so we could increase our respect for their journey. 

    Remember the slides for these lectures are available on the ISHA website on the events tab.

    --Jennifer Freeman, M.A. CCC-SLP

    ISHA VP of Publications and Communications

  • 30 Aug 2013 1:49 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    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


  • 16 Jul 2013 2:38 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Several have contacted ASHA regarding the recent MedPAC report and recommendations to Congress. Attached is a letter that ASHA has written to Congress in response to MedPAC recommendations regarding a lowering of the cap threshold to $1,270 and completion of manual medical review for half of the services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries.

    • ASHA believes the recommendations would negatively impact Medicare beneficiaries and their access to medically necessary services. Overall, the report does not reflect the entirety of the discussion by the Commission regarding repeal and replacement of the therapy cap.
    • ASHA supports the increased attention to inappropriate high utilization, targeted geographic areas and individual providers and encourages MedPAC to consider measures that support predictive analytics and manual review focused on problem providers.
    • ASHA does not support the implementation of cost containment strategies as the sole solution to therapy payment reform, such as the implementation of the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) for therapy services or the reduction of the therapy cap amount.
    • ASHA maintains that the long-term reimbursement of therapy services must take into consideration the complexity and severity of the patient's condition for speech-language pathology services as opposed to a "one-size-fits-all" model for all therapy services, and proposes the use of the National Outcomes Measurement System as a tool for collecting functional outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries receiving speech-language pathology services.
    • ASHA requests that any new reimbursement policy take into consideration that speech-language pathology is a unique and distinct service from that provided by physical and occupational therapists.

    If you or your colleagues have any questions, please contact Ingrid Lusis, ASHA's Director of Federal Advocacy at

  • 24 Jun 2013 3:06 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)



    The deadline for Call for Papers for the 2014 Convention has been extended to Monday, July 29th.  Access the online application here.


    If you have any question, please feel free to call Central Office at 317-916-4146.


    Thank you!



  • 05 Jun 2013 3:51 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

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    IIEPRC and EERC: What DO these acronyms stand for??

    I have previously shared information about these resource centers on Learning Connection, ISHA’s HearSay newsletter, and also briefly during our Business Meeting at Convention. I feel the information available from these resource centers is very valuable to special educators – including speech-language pathologists – so much so, that I’m sharing the information again through ISHA’s blog.

    I represent ISHA on the Indiana IEP Resource Center and the Effective Evaluation Resource Centers’ Advisory Boards (IIEPRC and EERC). I attended their annual meetings on 3/7/13. Please visit their websites!! They have excellent resources!

    Some information you may find helpful on the IIEPRC’s website ( writing measurable goals, progress monitoring, LRE resources, effective IEP processes, inclusive practices, continuing education opportunities, and so much more!! Be sure to access the January 2013 document titled, Statewide Assessment Resource Guide and Toolkit: Participation Decisions and Use of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. There are “Accommodations to Consider for Instruction” and “Accommodations to Consider for Assessments” in the communication areas of Articulation, Fluency, Voice, and Language (in addition to other eligibility areas).

    Information/topics you may find helpful on the EERC’s website: ( continuing education opportunities (that overlap with the IIEPRC), Evaluation Process FAQ, resources for parents, preschool assessment and intervention, assessment of English Language Learners, educational evaluation reports, evaluation practices, examples of district procedure documents (e.g., evaluation procedures, move-in procedures, referral procedures, etc.), and a RtI Data team book (to name just a few). There are also resources titled: “FOR ILLUSTRATION AND DEMOSTRATION ONLY / FIDO” -- SLD Eligibility Evidence, Criteria, and Data Sources and SLD Certification forms. These were developed to support local/district level decisions for eligibility in the area of SLD. There was discussion at the Advisor Board meeting to develop FIDO forms in the eligibility area of LSI (as well as some other eligibility areas). I will be sure to pass along information about this resource once it’s developed.

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

  • 28 May 2013 1:10 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)


    Meet the Candidates

    The Committee on Nominations and Elections is pleased to present the slates for ASHA's Board of Directors Candidates. Elections will be conducted electronically until this Thursday–May 30, 2013 at 3pm Eastern time. Those elected will serve a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2014.

    (Click on names below to read nominee bio.)


    §  Robert M. Augustine, PhD, CCC-SLP

    §  Robert F. Burkard, PhD, CCC-A

    §  Judith L. Page, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology

    §  Jane A. Baran, PhD, CCC-A/SLP

    §  Frederick Britten, PhD, CCC-A

    §  Barbara Katherine Cone, PhD, CCC-A

    Vice President for Planning

    §  Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP

    §  Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP

    Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology

    §  Kim Corbin-Lewis, PhD, CCC-SLP

    §  Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP

    §  Lissa A. Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP


    Click Here to Vote Now!

  • 26 Apr 2013 3:30 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Each year ISHA Executive Council recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, as well as awarding scholarships, and membership milestones.  As part of their achievement, the following members were recognized during the 2013 ISHA Annual Convention held Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6, 2013 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. ISHA could not be successful without its members, and we want to thank you for being a part of our organization.


    Friend of ISHA - Pat Basa, Owner     

                                 Learning Treasurers

                                 Bloomington, IN







    Honors of the Association - Jeannette Leonard







    •·         Scholarships

         o   Hope Gerlach, Purdue University

         o   Vanessa LaFond, Purdue University

         o   Megan Masterson, Purdue University

         o   Olivia Swim, Ball State University


    •·         Outstanding Student Clinicians

         o   Maeci Vickery, Ball State University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Meredith Rizor, Ball State University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Lauren Struebig, Indiana State University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Kasey Kutzler, Indiana State University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Cynthia Halfman, Indiana University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Jillian Simison, Indiana University - Outstanding AUD

         o   Daniel Barnes, Purdue University - Outstanding SLP

         o   Allison Witte, Purdue University - Outstanding AUD


    •·         Membership Milestones


    50 Year Members

    Conita Maynard, Sue Wigent



    25 Year Members

    Julie Anderson, Carolyn Garner, Cheryl Hentz,

    Teresa McClain, Susan Mishel, Joanne Rasmussen,

    Elaine Torabi



    20 Year Members

    Jennifer Carpenter, Judith Dell’Aringa, Deborah Hammond,

    Jennifer McDonogh, June Stealy, Kendra Strasser



    10 Year Members

    Theresa Arness, Shannon Austin, James Bailey, Sandra Bratton,
    Lisa Bunton, Christina Cook,
    Jane Cox, Robyn Ford, Jennifer Freeman, Beverly Huneck, Jessica Love, Ellen Lunsford, Julie Monroe,
    Tammy Navarro, 
    Amie Peacock, Kathryn Rosario,
    Jennifer Swearingen,
     Kelly Wampler



    If you were recognized and did not receive your award,
    please contact our offices at (317) 916-4146.

  • 15 Apr 2013 4:27 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    ISHA 2013 Annual Convention:

    Post Convention News

    The convention team is already busy at work along with Central Office staff analyzing your convention and speaker evaluations!

    Preliminary results are positive for number and quality of speakers, number of CEU’s granted, variety of food items, classroom seating, keynote and awards luncheon speakers, Twilight and Research to Practice sessions and the new ISHA App and ISHA store!!

    We have listened to your concerns also, with parking/safety being one of your big concerns. Central Office staff will be meeting with the Marriott staff to address this issue along with a few other concerns with this venue. This is a new venue for us so we want to make sure to provide the best possible convention for all.

    Attendance at convention this year was 708; with increased numbers of students and audiologists present.  We especially want to thank the Butler students who served by volunteering in registration area.  ISHA loves Fred Risinger, our photographer.   Watch the website for the following to be posted soon:  podcasts of a few select speakers at convention, ISHA store, pictorial review of convention and the music video created by Purdue students. 

    Honors of the Association were awarded to Jeannette Leonard for over 35 years of service as an educator, presenter, researcher, supervisor, mentor and administrator.  Pat Basa, owner of Learning Treasures in Bloomington, was recognized as a Friend of ISHA for her consistent support of ISHA for 20 years. 

    There will be a call for papers again in 2014.  A special thanks goes out to the members who presented and shared about their programs and research projects at convention.  We are an association that is proud of the accomplishments of our members.  Please help us continue to learn from each other. 

  • 11 Apr 2013 5:17 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in this year's convention! It was a huge success at our new location!



    There were a few speakers that have submitted updated handouts to ISHA. You can find these handouts under the Events Tab for Convention 2013 Speaker Handouts.



    Remember to download the ISHA App today from your phone or tablet market (Apple Market or Google Store only at this time).  This app will be used throughout the year to keep you informed about upcoming conferences and legislative updates!  You can also send ISHA your pictures and voice messages!  Please send us your thoughts and pictures from the 2013 Convention today!


    Don't forget to SAVE THE DATE for the ISHA 2013 Fall Conference ~ September 14th at the Red Cross of Indianapolis. More details to come soon.

  • 02 Apr 2013 7:14 PM | Ann Ninness (Administrator)

    Questions and Answers about the ISHA Convention

    Q:  Why did the spring convention change locations?

    A:  ISHA had a contract with the prior hotel that expired last year.  It was expensive to continue in that location.  ISHA surveyed members about what was important to them.  A committee of members looked at several locations around Indy to decide what best fit our needs. 

    Q:  When does the program committee start planning for convention?

    A:  The program committee and Central Office start immediately after the prior convention by looking over the comments from attendees.  They meet and participate in conference calls multiple times a year for brainstorming, planning and coordinating the speakers and logistics that must come together to create the convention.  

    Q:  How does the program committee decide who to invite to speak at convention?

    A:  The committee first looks over the attendee’s comments and suggestions from the prior convention. 

    Q:  Why do some speakers return several years in a row?

    A:  When members request the same speaker return, ISHA honors that request.  It is an indication that members valued what they gained from that speaker’s presentation. 

    Q:  I have heard that ISHA is going to have an App to enhance the convention communication, is this true?

    A:  YES!  It is not available yet, but should be available before the convention.  Watch for further info about this exciting new addition.  You will be able to access convention handouts, get reminders about sessions you are registered to attend, legislative updates and more.  The app will be compatible with Apple and Droid devices. 

    Q:  At what temperature are the meeting rooms set at?

    A:  All meeting rooms are set at a constant temperature, near 68 degrees, by the hotel staff. Please dress in layers to ensure your personal comfort. 

    Q:  How much do we spend on snacks and continental brekfast at convention?

    A:  Approximately $20,000.00 plus sales tax – plus 22% gratuity which is required at all hotels.

    Q:  How does ISHA decide what to serve (food) at convention?

    A:  Part of the program committee tackles this important part of the convention. Our members have replied that they are much happier when snacks and other food is included as part of the convention experience.  The group looks at dietary restrictions mentioned in registrations and strives to stay within budget.  It is an impossible job to please and accommodate all attendees, but they try to.  

    Q:  What is the total cost of spring convention?

    A:  The 2012 Convention cost was $93,642.17.  The largest expenses are Food and Beverage, Speaker Fees, Speaker Expenses, Audio Visual and Exhibit Hall setup.  The 2011 Convention cost was $90,523.12.

    Q:  How does ISHA solicit vendors?

    A:  Central Office gets vendor names from ASHA, other state conferences.  In addition the exhibits chair attends related events during the year and forward potential exhibitors to Central Office.  All potential exhibitors are mailed an exhibitor packet, e-mailed and followed up with phone calls.

    Q:  How can I get more active in ISHA?

    A:  When you complete your membership paperwork, check any areas of ISHA service that you would be interested in serving.  You can also call Central Office and they will help you connect with the appropriate committee.  ISHA is an association of volunteers working together to promote our mission in Indiana. 

    Q:  How can I receive non-electronic communication from ISHA?

    A:  Call Central Office, or check in at the registration table at convention and your name can be added to a list of members that benefits from non-electronic communication.  There are many ways to stay connected and ISHA values all of our members. 

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