Welcome to the Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association!
The Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association is dedicated to providing the highest level of communication potential to people of all ages.
Bylaws Review and Proposed Changes
The Bylaws Review Committee has proposed a set of amendments to the current OSHA Bylaws. These amendments will be put forward for a vote by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting in October. In accordance with our current Bylaws, the proposed amendments are posted for your review. For convenience, the proposals are posted in two versions, with one showing all proposed changes, and the other showing only the final proposed text.
Click on this link for a "redline" version, in which all text to be struck is crossed out and all text to be inserted is underlined.
Click on this link for a "clean copy", which includes only the proposed final version of the revised bylaws.
Please take a moment to review these proposed changes to OSHA's governing document. If you have any questions about these proposed changes, please contact the chair of the Bylaws Review Committee, Andy McMillin, at 503-725-3653. Thank your for your interest, your questions, and your involvement.
Advocacy for Reasonable Workloads and Caseloads for School-Based SLPs
OSHA has produced a letter, available at the link below, that will be sent to special education directors in Oregon, advocating for reasonable caseloads and workloads for SLPs.
We urge directors who plan, budget and hire for SLP coverage in their districts to take into account the improved student outcomes that result from appropriate caseload size.
If you are a school-based SLP who is in need of a more reasonable caseload, please feel free to share this letter, along with the evidence-based informational graphs, with your colleagues, union representatives or administrators.
By Karen Aguilera, President
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
Hello, spring! The snowpack is starting to melt, and things are beginning to heat up all around Oregon. Our universities will soon be graduating another class of eager young professionals ready to start their exciting new careers. My hope for all of them is that they find this field to be fulfilling and rewarding.
Speech-language pathology and audiology offer so many career possibilities: a wide range of practice settings, varied populations and disorders to diagnose and treat, exciting new technological tools, teaching and research options. We have the opportunity every day to help people connect with others. Those of us who have chosen this field understand that human communication is one of the most important of all “Activities of Daily Living”.
What can we do to ensure that SLPs and Audiologists remain in the field and enjoy long and satisfying careers? What can we do to help them have a truly fulfilling job, doing what they came into this field to do, and not having to spend hours each week on menial clerical tasks? How do we help ensure that caseloads are reasonable? What can be done to see that productivity requirements are not excessively burdensome? How can we help ensure adequate salaries and acceptable working conditions? How can we help those in private practice receive proper reimbursement for the very important work they do? What can be done to help people navigate murky ethical issues in their workplaces?
OSHA is your membership organization, and OSHA is your voice in Salem. OSHA represents the interests of all speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Oregon.
This newsletter issue allows you a little bit of insight into some of the work OSHA volunteers have been doing behind the scenes during the past few months to help OSHA fulfill its very important mission of supporting our professions and advocating for the rights of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.
If you have an interest in advancing the causes of our professions, consider joining OSHA. If you are already a member, consider volunteering for a board position. Together, we can make a difference!