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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

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WHAT MSHA DOES FOR YOU: MSHA helps ensure that SLPs and AUDs are part of the conversation.

~Guardians of state licensure: ASHA acts nationally. It is their expectation that the state associations act locally.

~Represent the profession at the state capital. We speak with state senators and delegates, informing them about the profession, issues that impact our practice and concerns of those we serve.

~Represent the interests of members by serving on various committees such as Telehealth Workgroup and State Steering Committee.


WITHOUT MSHA:

~Bills that may have allowed non-SLPs to supervise and evaluate our work may have passed (e.g., BCBA); MSHA has worked to protect the autonomy of the profession.

~ SLPs and Audiologists would be fending off encroachment from other disciplines (such as BCBA, Music Therapists)

~Currently, legislation has been proposed that could impact parent choice regarding their deaf or hard of hearing impaired child’s communication modality. MSHA is proposing amendments to the bill to help protect parent’s rights.



Founded in 1964, the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 4,000 licensed professionals with advanced degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology. Reflecting the cultural diversity of our state, MSHA represents professionals sensitive to the diverse needs of all citizens in need of member services. Interested in becoming a member, visit the Member Center of the website. 

MSHA is recognized as the official professional organization for Maryland speech-language pathologists and audiologists by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

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