The International Affairs Association Can you imagine, as an aspiring speech-language pathology or audiology student, being limited to only one textbook published in English—the Travis Handbook? Imagine also receiving your professional education with a burden of theory and very little practical experience. Or think of being able to practice only under the direction of ... World View
World View  |   January 01, 1993
The International Affairs Association
 
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  • E. Gene Ritter
    Indiana University, Bloomington
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / ASHA News & Member Stories / International & Global / World View
World View   |   January 01, 1993
The International Affairs Association
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1993, Vol. 2, 10. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0201.10
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1993, Vol. 2, 10. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0201.10
Can you imagine, as an aspiring speech-language pathology or audiology student, being limited to only one textbook published in English—the Travis Handbook? Imagine also receiving your professional education with a burden of theory and very little practical experience. Or think of being able to practice only under the direction of another, “superior,” professionally related group. How difficult it would be to achieve what we ASHA members have, if we were so restricted. And yet, many of our would-be colleagues in the world today are confronted with these and other serious obstacles.
ASHA is an international association in the sense that many members live and practice outside the United States. It is not always perceived to have a world base, however, since most ASHA members are the products of superior educational institutions in the United States and/or other leading countries where speech-language pathology and audiology are recognized as independent and worthwhile professions. Of course, ASHA has had its own growing pains. Less than 70 years ago, ASHA did not even exist as a professional organization. Its educational and practicum guidelines were not standardized until years later, and continue to be refined.
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