Resolutions Relating to Multicultural Issues Three resolutions that relate to multicultural issues were passed by ASHA’s Legislative Council (LC) at their Convention meeting last November in Boston. Two of the resolutions were to adopt position statements, and the other related to the composition of the Multicultural Issues Board. “ The Position Statement on Accents and ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1998
Resolutions Relating to Multicultural Issues
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  • Vicki Deal-Williams
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Resolutions Relating to Multicultural Issues
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 2-4. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.2
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 2-4. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.2
Three resolutions that relate to multicultural issues were passed by ASHA’s Legislative Council (LC) at their Convention meeting last November in Boston. Two of the resolutions were to adopt position statements, and the other related to the composition of the Multicultural Issues Board.
“ The Position Statement on Accents and Dialects” was developed by a Joint Subcommittee of ASH A ’s Executive Board (EB) on English Language Proficiency. The subcommittee included representatives from the EB, the Multicultural Issues Board (MIB), the Hispanic Caucus, the Native American Caucus, the Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus, National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing (NBASLH), and Lesbian and Gay Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists (L’GASP). The statement was developed in response to concerns from students speaking dialects or accents other than standard English who were being denied admission into training programs or participation in clinical practicum experiences and professionals who were being denied employment opportunities solely on the basis of their use of a nonstandard accent or dialect. The position statement acknowledges that everyone speaks with an accent or dialect and indicates that as long as the individuals have the expected level of knowledge and skills, their linguistic differences cannot and should not be used as the basis for determining competency. The position statement was supported by a technical report entitled “Students and Professionals who Speak English with Accents and Nonstandard Dialects: Issues and Recommendations.”
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