Topic Areas: Global Issues and Practices

Topic Chairs: Jessica Jocelyn and Soami Santiago De Snyder

Content Area: General Interest

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on matters of global interest pertaining to all aspects of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology as practiced around the world. Proposals should indicate how their topic focuses on one or more of the issues or practices in the international arena as listed below. Topics included are interprofessional education and practice models implemented around the world and research that addresses how interprofessional competencies are inserted within the curriculum or practice of the professions. The evaluation of collaborative care protocols and outcomes assessment specific to global issues should also be included in this topic area, along with international humanitarian models of assessment and intervention in communication disorders.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to global issues and practices
  • Research that facilitates global exchange of ideas for effective clinical practices across work settings and across national boundaries
  • Policies, challenges, and strategies that impact research in global communities-
  • Implications of the Multilateral Mutual Recognition Agreement (MMRA) and other issues that impact recognition of credentials across borders
  • Policies, challenges, and strategies that impact research in global communities, displaced communities and refugee camps
  • Family displacement and its impact on language development
  • Research that facilitates interprofessional education and practice in global communities

Professional Education

  • General policy and/or service delivery issues regarding populations in countries around the globe, but outside of the United States
  • World Health Organization policies regarding communication disorders
  • Humanitarian models of service in communication disorders
  • Epidemiology of speech-language, auditory and balance disorders; reports of prevalence and incidence of such disorders
  • Education and health care issues and access, attitude, and worldview regarding services in countries outside of the United States
  • Administrative, educational and health care models (including interprofessional models), and collaboration projects in global contexts
  • Projects that accentuate global health initiatives that include communication sciences and disorders
  • Projects that facilitate student, faculty and/or professional global experiences in speech-language pathology and/or audiology
  • Projects that emphasize facilitation of global cooperation and collaboration among speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech, language and hearing scientists, affiliates and students who are interested in communication and related disorders with international breadth
  • Implementation science as it relates to global health issues
  • Ecological models of service delivery in global communities (i.e. clinical and/or community based) as it pertains to the practice of the profession as well as its integration in the curriculum and intern’s clinical practice
  • Ethical issues related to global issues and practices, as well as service learning and humanitarian efforts
  • Technology related to global issues and practices for service delivery, and the practical and ethical issues associated to its implementation
  • Global technical assistance and training models on how to practice and address communication disorders needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Related Topics

Proposals that involve this topic but that have a primary focus on:

  • Clinical practice, education and research primarily affecting those in the U.S. context, should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.
  • Academic and clinical education should be submitted to the Models of Academic and Clinical Education topic area.
  • Research, information and resources on optimizing health outcomes for individuals and communities with respect to health literacy that is regional, not global, should be submitted to Health Literacy: Optimizing Outcomes topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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