Why SLPs are frustrated with ASHA in 2024

In light of recent events with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), we felt it might be important to highlight why many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are expressing frustration or discontent. This is for several reasons:


**Fees and Membership Costs:**

Some SLPs may feel that ASHA’s membership fees and certification maintenance costs are too high or disproportionate to the benefits received. They may perceive the financial burden as excessive, especially for those working in settings with limited financial resources.


**Lack of Representation:**

SLPs may feel that ASHA does not adequately represent their interests, particularly in matters related to advocacy, reimbursement, or addressing specific challenges faced by the profession in various practice settings. They may perceive a disconnect between ASHA’s priorities and the needs of practicing SLPs.


**Regulatory Issues:**

SLPs may experience frustration with ASHA’s approach to regulatory issues, licensure requirements, or accreditation standards. They may feel that ASHA’s policies or recommendations do not align with their professional interests or create unnecessary barriers to practice.


**Continuing Education Requirements:**

Some SLPs may express frustration with ASHA’s continuing education requirements for maintaining certification, particularly if they find it challenging to fulfill the requirements due to factors such as limited access to relevant courses or financial constraints.


**Communication and Transparency:**

SLPs may feel that ASHA lacks transparency in its decision-making processes or communication with members regarding important issues, policies, or initiatives. They may desire more open dialogue and input from members in shaping ASHA’s priorities and activities.


**Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:**

SLPs may criticize ASHA for perceived shortcomings in addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession. They may advocate for more robust efforts to promote diversity, address disparities, and foster cultural competence in speech-language pathology practice.


**Professional Support and Resources:**

Some SLPs may feel that ASHA does not provide adequate support, resources, or guidance for addressing challenges encountered in clinical practice, education, research, or other professional domains. They may seek more targeted support and resources tailored to their specific needs and interests.


It’s important to note that while some SLPs may express dissatisfaction with ASHA, others may have positive experiences and view the organization as a valuable resource for professional development, advocacy, networking, and support. Additionally, constructive feedback from members can serve as an opportunity for ASHA to address concerns, improve engagement, and better serve the diverse needs of the speech-language pathology community.


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