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Let Me Hear from You: Outcomes of Aligned Sense of Purpose Meeting

Let Me Hear from You: Outcomes of Aligned Sense of Purpose Meeting

Lisa Christensen, AuD

Message from the President: Lisa Christensen, AuD

Dear Members,

The Academy is committed to working cooperatively with our colleagues in the audiology community to advance common goals and priorities for the profession. We believe that it is important to provide members with information on those activities that support this commitment.

In 2017, the Academy joined with other audiology organizations in sending out an ASHA-commissioned survey to all of our members to better understand an aligned purpose, mission, and vision for the audiology profession. The majority of the respondents to the survey clearly expressed a desire for audiology associations to work together and to speak with a unifying voice on matters critical to moving the profession forward. As an outcome of the survey, ASHA invited the Academy and other audiology organizations to participate in a facilitated “Aligned Sense of Purpose” meeting on January 18, 2019, at the ASHA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. While more meetings with these groups will continue to occur,  the official letter from all five audiology organizations confirms the details of the survey, the outcomes of the sense of purpose meeting, and the commitment to the profession.

As another result of the sense of purpose meeting, the Academy developed a proposal for ASHA’s consideration about the development of a Joint Guidelines and Standards Committee comprised of Academy and ASHA members and staff. ASHA has indicated that the timing for such an endeavor does not work for them presently, but we are committed to engaging ASHA and others in guideline development and endorsement when it is possible. For example, a recent collaboration between ASHA and the Academy included the development of an FCC document, “Best Practices for Audiologists’ Determination of Need for Captioned Phone Services.”

The Academy will continue to seek and entertain opportunities for partnership with audiology organizations and other groups on initiatives to advance the profession. We anticipate sharing more updates on the “Aligned Sense of Purpose,” as well as other initiatives, that continue to demonstrate our commitment to collaboration and cooperation for the benefit of audiology collectively.

Lisa Christensen, AuD
(Twitter handle: @AuDLeadership)