ASHA/IALP Leadership Meeting November 17, 2016, Philadelphia | IALP : International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) ASHA/IALP Leadership Meeting November 17, 2016, Philadelphia – IALP : International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP)

ASHA/IALP Leadership Meeting November 17, 2016, Philadelphia

Jaynee Handelsman, President Lilly Cheng, President
Judith Page, Past President (and member of IALP’s Education Committee) Brian Shulman, Treasurer
Gail Richard, President-Elect Michael Robb, Former Treasurer
Perry Flynn, VP for Planning Fernanda Dreux, Education Committee Member
Arlene Pietranton, CEO
Lemmietta McNeilly, Chief Staff Officer for SLP (and member of IALP’s Education Committee)
Lily Waterston, Director, International Programs


The meeting started with introductions going around the table. It was noted that several participants were long time active members with both IALP and ASHA.

Lilly Cheng encouraged the collaboration between ASHA and IALP for the series of IALP Composia. She mentioned, in particular, the upcoming 5th International Composium on Communication Disorders in Multilingual/Multicultural Populations scheduled for August 24-25, 2017 in Bremen, Germany.

Cheng added that IALP is committed to working collaboratively with ASHA’s International Issues Board (IIB), Special Interest Group (SIG) 17 “Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders”, and Multicultural Issues Board (MIB).

Arlene Pietranton summarized ASHA’s Strategic Pathway to Excellence, including highlights of the eight transformational strategic objectives. In particular, she mentioned the Strategic Objective (SO) 7: Enhance International Engagement, where she pointed out several initiatives, such as the collaboration between ASHA and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of WHO, and the International Communication Project (ICP).

As ASHA’s objective owner of SO7, Lily Waterston mentioned that ASHA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with PAHO/WHO, and that IALP is an NGO in official relations with WHO. Since 2015, both organizations have been invited to participate in meetings organized by the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR) Team in Geneva. Lemmie McNeilly has been representing ASHA in these meetings. Waterston pointed out that it is important that ASHA and IALP continue to participate in these meetings, as both organizations represent the same professions and can make a strong contribution to the WHO policy agenda. Mike Robb suggested that before these meetings, ASHA and IALP should coordinate our efforts to enable both organizations to participate more effectively.

Gail Richard reminded the group that next year’s ASHA Convention will be in Los Angeles. She noted that the theme of the convention will be “the big picture”, which she believes will provide more opportunities for international sessions and events. Richard added that she would request more information from the Convention’s Global Topic Committee.

Pietranton, in closing the meeting, said that ASHA is very sensitive to the fact that its name includes “American”. She reiterated that it is not ASHA’s goal to become the “global speech-language-hearing organization”, but rather to collaborate and contribute to exchanges with other speech-language-hearing organizations around the world. As such, ASHA looks forward to hearing more from IALP about how ASHA can collaborate with IALP on the Composia.

Cheng thanked all for a very enthusiastic and positive meeting. Meeting adjourned and photos were taken.