With Communication Disorders Since 1936
Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade filled with possibilities! Our fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology have been around for almost 100 years! In the 1920’s the American Academy of Speech Correction was formed (ASHA’s original predecessor), and the audiometer was designed and invented to measure hearing loss and pave the way for new hearing loss research and innovations. I love learning about history, especially the Roaring Twenties, so it delights me to know that our professions were a part of this fascinating decade in history! As our own MNSHA will celebrate its 90th birthday this decade, I am amazed at how far we have come as professions in 100 years and also how much our own state association has accomplished in almost 90 years!
MNSHA continues to see many positive changes and growth! Yet again in 2019, our annual spring convention involved inclement weather! But we are Minnesotans, so we still had an impactful two days with filled learning, networking, and, of course, fun! In 2019, we continued work on our strategic plan including goals for operational stability, increased membership and increased event participation; began to explore universal licensure and interstate compacts; advocated for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for more timely renewal of licenses; and continued to work with our lobbyists on the Speech Language Pathology Assistant bill. 2019 also saw the first ever MNSHA webinars (3rd Party Billing and AAC 101: What Every SLP Needs to Know)! These are still both available on mnsha.org, check them out if you haven’t already! MNSHA has several more upcoming webinars planned for 2020 focusing on advocacy, language & articulation treatment, and dysphagia- watch your email for details!
As we begin this new decade, I am excited to see the work that MNSHA does continue and to see us continue to grow. In a speech session recently, I was working with a group of students on understanding proverbs. In this session we focused on “United we stand, divided we fall.” I truly believe that of MNSHA. Our organization is filled with wonderful volunteers who give their time, their expertise, their talents, and their passion in order to advocate and serve; not only our professions, but also those impacted by communication and swallowing disorders. It is with our volunteers and the support of our members that we are able to accomplish so much.
Here’s to another Roaring Twenties in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I would love to hear from you!
Emily Aust, EdS. CCC-SLP
MNSHA President 2020