Native-American Caucus In 1986 speech-language pathologists and audiologists who had a common interest in Native American issues met at the ASHA Convention for the first time. Since that meeting, the group has gathered yearly in November at the annual meeting of ASHA. Membership. It has included both Native American professionals and those ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 1998
Native-American Caucus
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  • Gari Smith
    Phoenix Indian Medical Center
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Article   |   March 01, 1998
Native-American Caucus
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 9. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.9
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 1998, Vol. 4, 9. doi:10.1044/cds4.1.9
In 1986 speech-language pathologists and audiologists who had a common interest in Native American issues met at the ASHA Convention for the first time. Since that meeting, the group has gathered yearly in November at the annual meeting of ASHA. Membership. It has included both Native American professionals and those professionals who work with predominantly Native American populations. Native American NSSLHA members have also been part of the caucus. Two chairs (one audiolo-gist and one speech-language pathologist) have been nominated every 2 years to coordinate activities for the caucus.
The caucus has served as a forum for discussion of the issues that influence the provision of quality services to Native American populations. Enhancement of service to Native Americans and encouragement of Native American leadership in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology have been of primary importance for the caucus. Other areas of interest have been encouraging Native American individuals to enter the professions, providing support for Native American professionals who are just entering the work force, supporting research efforts, serving as a resource, and promoting public awareness and the understanding of the uniqueness of Native American cultures.
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