It was one year ago this month that we launched the ASHA Community, our online directory and professional network. In the past year
- over 544 resources have been shared;
- over 4,969 connections have been made between members;
- over 19,768 messages have been posted;
- over 48,922 individual members have signed into the ASHA Community.
We want to take a moment to thank all of the members who have made the ASHA Community a success!
In August, we started a monthly Community Spotlight on the ASHA Community homepage to recognize some of the individual contributors who have been especially generous in helping answer questions and share their knowledge.We asked each contributor why she participates in the ASHA Community. Here are the answers they gave:
I participate in the ASHA Community because it is a wonderful opportunity to glean from other professionals, respectfully exchange ideas, encourage others, and be encouraged. This is absolutely vital to my growth as a speech pathologist and business owner.”
Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP
Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, LLC
When I received my master’s in 1977, a wise professor told us the most important thing we learned in grad school was the value of learning, reflective thinking, and asking questions. I have always had a commitment to learn something new every day and to ask questions that make me a more critical thinker. The ASHA Community provides a wonderful way to share information, learn from others, problem-solve patients and professional issues.”
Catherine Shaker, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Florida Hospital for Children
Communicating with and sharing ideas with colleagues is a great way of giving back to my profession. My graduate school mentors set the example as we traveled with them to conferences and sat in during their tenure on committees and boards. I have served on state and national committees and boards and, after more than 50 years in this profession, I still find myself interested in continued participation and energized by ongoing discussion on many varied topics. The ASHA community allows for participation on many levels with colleagues in many different work environments and many different patient/client populations, and I consider these communications a form of continuing education. It is vital that we share our expertise and ideas; the future of our professions is well served by ongoing communication.”
Roberta Aungst, MS, CCC-A
Atlantic County, NJ
If you haven’t had a chance to try using the ASHA Community, it’s easy to get involved. We recommend you follow these steps to get started:
- Complete your profile. If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can easily import the information!
- Customize your privacy settings, including your contact preferences.
- Subscribe to ASHA Discussion Groups, customize how you’d like to receive updates, and start posting comments.
- Browse or post content to the community library—including documents, videos, and audio files.
- Find an ASHA Community Member to connect with using our online member directory.
If you have any questions or need any help, post a comment below.
Tom Jelen is the Director of Online Communications for ASHA.