Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as the Mississippi representative at the national meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Speech Language Pathology Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.
While on Capitol Hill, Martin met with staff members of Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Congressmen Steven Palazzo and Bennie Thompson. They discussed issues including hearing aid tax credits, protecting current federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the role of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in language and literacy issues and other matter of interest to the profession.
“Communication is at the core of what makes us human,” said Martin, who was elected to serve as Mississippi’s representative on the Advisory Council for a three-year term. “Our vibrant profession is critical in providing services in a variety of professional settings to those from birth through geriatrics, who have communication challenges.”
The Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council is charged with identifying, discussing and ranking issues of concern to ASHA members. The council also advises the board of directors on issues for consideration in determining possible future programs and services to be developed and/or supported by the association’s resources.
ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists across the country. The organization is made up of 145,000 members and affiliates.