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Helping You Serve Spanish-Speaking Children and Adults—Your ASHA Hispanic Caucus

by Scott Prath
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HIspanic Caucus members meeting

If you have used Spanish-language materials or evaluations, or interacted with Spanish-speaking professionals, then you have probably benefited from the Hispanic Caucus’ efforts. We work to increase the numbers of bilingual professionals, improve available materials, and make issues of diversity part of ASHA’s focus.

The Hispanic Caucus (HC) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association is one of six groups representing important constituencies within our professions. The HC is for everyone who serves the Spanish-speaking community, regardless of languages spoken or background.  We have united to reflect and discuss the needs of the Spanish-speaking community and to help determine policy and best practices.

We are just one of six multicultural constituency groups, which you can learn more about in this series:

Know What Your Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Can Do For You

Get to Know Your Asian Indian Caucus

3 ways to connect with the ASHA Hispanic Caucus

The HC launched a new website that is packed with resources and has an active Facebook group. We are excited to meet our ASHA colleagues at our meeting at the ASHA Convention this month. We welcome you to join our HC family. We urge you to share information, send us important announcements and pose questions, or just to network with others who serve Spanish-speaking members of our community.


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History of the ASHA Hispanic Caucus

The Hispanic Caucus was formed in March 1992 with letters sent out to any clinicians—Hispanic and non-Hispanic—identified as working with the Latino community nationwide. Initial response was enthusiastic–by November 1992, the Hispanic Caucus held its first membership forum at the ASHA Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Our new and modern mission is to connect all of us personally and professionally and share the many available resources so that we all can do our jobs better.

Come check us out and let us know what we can do for you!

 

Scott Prath, MA, CCC-SLP, is vice president of Bilinguistics in Austin, Texas, and serves a diverse caseload in school and early-childhood settings. He is also the author of “Literacy-Based Speech Language Therapy Intervention Activities,” and writes for The Speech Therapy Blog. He is vice president of public relations for ASHA’s Hispanic Caucus. scott.prath@bilinguistics.com  

 

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Linda I. Rosa-Lugo November 2, 2017 - 8:46 pm

I have been honored to work with so many professionals that are passionate about the work that is done with and for Hispanic students/clients/patients; Thanks Scott for being such a fantastic talented colleague and for representing the HC Board well; anticipate meeting new members that will become involved in the HC.

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