July 10

Dear ASHA and NSSLHA Members,

We hope that you, your family, and your colleagues, patients, and students are all well. Although the ASHA Convention may be far from your minds right now, we have an important update about its status.

We are sorry to announce that the 2020 ASHA Convention, scheduled for November 19–21 in San Diego, California, has been cancelled. We have made this difficult decision in partnership with our host, San Diego. (Read our full statement.)

We had initially remained hopeful that we would be able to hold our annual event. After working closely with our San Diego partners, however, we have mutually determined that we cannot meet the new rules and regulations required to produce the Convention in a way that ensures the safety of all participants.

There will not be a digital or virtual 2020 ASHA Convention to replace the cancelled in-person event. We know how much many of you look forward to the Convention each year, and how much the learning and networking will be missed. With that in mind, we are exploring solutions to help meet the needs of our members, as well as our exhibitors and sponsors, and will provide updates as our plans come together.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

July 2020: News & Resources for State Association Leaders

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COVID-19 Updates
Visit and share ASHA’s COVID-19 Updates page to find updated resources on state-by-state tracking of laws and regulations for telepractice and licensure policy and new information on resuming in-person services as well as the use of communication technology-based services during COVID-19.

State Legislative 2020 Midyear Roundup
ASHA’s state affairs team has monitored 1,172 pieces of state legislation and 431 regulations impacting the professions and those we serve. Forty-three bills and 97 regulations passed so far in 2020. Although, many states adjourned their legislative sessions early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHA is pleased with the advocacy victories achieved, including passage of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) in six states. Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming were the first states to pass ASLP-IC legislation. ASHA and state associations were concerned with music therapy licensure bills introduced in 17 states. However, only one bill (HB 1562/SB 633) passed in Virginia, which directs the board of social work to establish licensure for music therapists. Of the 14 LEAD-K bills introduced, only one was enacted in West Virginia as of mid-June. Occupational licensure reform legislation was introduced in 32 states, with two bills that seek to establish licensure reciprocity that passed in Iowa and Idaho.

CFCC Approves Assistants Certification Standards and Code of Conduct
The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) approved the standards for ASHA’s Audiology Assistant Certification and standards for ASHA’s Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certification. These standards are the benchmarks of the Assistants Certification Program. The CFCC also approved the Assistants Code of Conduct, which is a framework and focused guide in support of day-to-day decision making related to assistants’ conduct.

ASHA’s Assistants Certification Program helps improve patient/client access to audiology and speech-language pathology services by creating a pipeline of qualified professionals who meet uniform standards of competency and are committed to delivering high-quality care. The program also (a) establishes a uniform standard for the knowledge and skill level expected of assistants and (b) ensures that all ASHA-certified assistants meet the same rigorous requirements.

Visit ASHA Assistants Certification program to learn more or email assistants@asha.org.