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Monday, January 23, 2023

6-8 pm

Course Value:  0.2 ASHA CEUS (2 MD Hours) - Introductory Level


  • Susan Adams, Director of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, ASHA
  • Lorenzo Bellamy, MSHA Lobbyist
  • Gil Genn, MSHA Lobbyist
  • Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, FNAP, MSHA President
  • C’Rai Weeden Shannon, MA, CCC-SLP, MSHA Past President

Course DescriptionBy developing awareness of legislative issues and priorities in Maryland and nationally, students and professionals can make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and have a direct impact on their profession. This 2023 event discusses the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (MSHA) current legislative priorities including a salary supplement for school-based professionals. Speakers will give you the tools to execute legislative advocacy successfully. MSHA seeks to empower students and professionals to speak up for themselves.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, a participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of professional advocacy in Maryland for SLPs and Audiologists.
  2. Examine ASHA’s public policy agenda including salary supplements for school-based professionals.
  3. Discuss issues involving the “Blueprint” legislation, related to salary and retention of SLPs and audiologists as well as providing quality services in Maryland schools.
  4. List 3 steps involved in meeting with elected officials to advocate for SLPs and audiologists practicing in Maryland.


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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