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ASHA'S NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS

The Native American Caucus consists of American Indian/Alaska Native, as well as non-Native, speech-language pathologists and audiologists who provide services to Native clients. The caucus meets each year at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to discuss interests and concerns related to our professions.

More information may be obtained by contacting Dr. W. Matthew Gillispie.

Mission Statement for the Native American Caucus

The Native American Caucus is dedicated to the provision of quality speech, language and hearing services to all American Indian/Alaska Native people who have communication disorders. Inherent to the appropriate delivery of these services is a respect for traditional values and the uniqueness of each individual.

Goals

  1. To provide a forum where professionals:
    1. Can network and discuss major issues that relate to the delivery of speech, language and hearing services to Native Americans with communication disorders.
    2. Can exchange information about the needs of Native American clients.

  2. To provide and share with others a base of knowledge that will help all professionals:
    1. Understand the cultural and linguistic needs of Native people with communication disorders.
    2. Become more aware, sensitive and competent as they work with Native American populations.
    3. Increase the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of speech, language and hearing services for all Native people.

  3. To encourage and support respectful and culturally sensitive research efforts that provide data on the assessment and clinical management of communication disorders in Native American populations with the understanding that such data:
    1. Is collected following appropriate tribal protocols (i.e., committee and other tribal approvals).
    2. Is used appropriately (i.e., not generalized to different Native American populations).

  4. To support the expansion of opportunities for Native American professionals to serve as leaders and role models within the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

  5. To support the expansion of opportunities for Native American professionals to serve as leaders and role models within the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

  6. To advocate for improved service delivery to Native Americans with communication disorders.

Action Plan

  1. Hold an annual national meeting during the ASHA convention.

  2. Publish a national newsletter.

  3. Publish a national Native American directory for speech, language and hearing services.

  4. Provide mentoring/counseling for students in training and those who are considering majoring in speech and hearing/communications disorders.

  5. Provide professional support and mentoring for members.

  6. Provide a speakers' bureau of professionals to speak on issues important to the caucus and serve as a contact for and referral source for agencies in need of in-servicing.

  7. Recognize and encourage achievements and accomplishments of members of the caucus.

  8. Maintain active relationships with ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and other groups (e.g., caucuses, special interest groups) engaged in efforts affecting culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  9. Recruit Native Americans into the professions, speech-language pathology and audiology, and into ASHA through personal relations and presentations directed to junior high, high school and university students and other potential candidates (i.e., educators, social and health care workers).

  10. Increase the membership of the caucus.

Become an ASHA Leader

Speech-Language pathologists and audiologists who serve Native populations are encouraged to take on leadership roles in ASHA. To let ASHA know of your interest, fill out an ASHA Volunteer Pool Form located at: http://www.asha.org/eweb/startpage.aspx (click on "Volunteer Pool Forms").

Program Director: Ella Inglebret

NATIVE AMERICAN
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Ella Inglebret
Department of Speech
and Hearing Sciences
Washington State University Spokane
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-358-6888
einglebret@wsu.edu