The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) undertook a comprehensive review of the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards) and approved new Standards in February 2016 for implementation August 1, 2017.
Since that time, it has come to the attention of the CAA that, in keeping with its principle of inclusion, and consistent with relevant federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders, a few changes are warranted for the new Standard 1.8 related to nondiscrimination.
The changes to the Standard include:
- Added discrimination based on “any category prohibited by applicable law”
- Re-ordered the categories alphabetically
- Separated out “ethnic or national origin” into two separate categories: “ethnicity” and “national origin”
- Added “gender identity”
- Changed “gender” to “sex” to be consistent with ASHA terminology
The revised language is presented on ASHA’s peer review webpage for your input. If you would like to make any comments on the proposed standard revision, please provide them through the online peer review process at www.asha.org/peer-review. The online comment period will be open through Friday, July 7, 2017.
After review of all comments submitted, the CAA will make its final decision regarding the standard revision and will notify all programs as soon as possible. It is anticipated that any approved changes will go into effect August 1, 2017.
Please address any questions to Patti Tice, director of accreditation, at email@example.com. We thank you in advance for your input.