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At this time the PSHA Executive Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 PSHA Convention, originally scheduled for April 14-17 in King of Prussia, due to continuing concerns regarding the impact of COVID-19. The health and safety of our members and presenters is our top priority, and as we all probably know, it was a difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Convention. We acknowledge the disappointment we all share in not being able to continue as planned.
As we plan ahead for virtual offerings in 2021, we invite you to take part in a brief survey to obtain information to determine interests in continuing education and preferences regarding time frame, delivery format and more for upcoming events.
After all information is reviewed by the Executive Board, an informed decision will be made on what alternatives we can offer. As you may anticipate, we have many details to address, so we will need some time to determine next steps.
Our priority now is communicating that the 2021 PSHA Convention is cancelled and gathering your interest in future alternatives. We will contact you with an update soon. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.
The Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association joins with all of those who condemn racism, hatred, bigotry, and marginalization of individuals. We want our present and future to be a world where all people are empowered with the fundamental human right to communicate, engage, and truly be heard. To that end, we will not be silent and complicit as our fellow professionals and those we serve are suffering with social injustice.
We raise our united voice in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We commit to reflection and education to improve our cultural competence and advocacy. We proudly stand by our Black colleagues and clients. We hear you, we see you, and we stand with you today and every day moving forward.
PSHA has received an unprecedented amount of inquiries over these past few weeks as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact our personal lives and our workspaces continuously evolve. We so appreciate that you are reaching out to seek information that will help you provide the best care for your patients/students/clients. As a membership organization, we are not able to provide legal advice or interpretation of laws and regulations. However, we can point you in the right direction! We have found many valuable resources on ASHA's website, especially around issues of implementing and being reimbursed for telepractice. Please go to: https://www.asha.org/About/Telepractice-Resources-During-COVID-19/ for the latest information. Don't bother printing or downloading the information as things change quite rapidly - visit daily! Here you will find links right into the PA State websites as well as other states where you may be practicing. Keep those questions coming and know that we are here to help as best as we can!
PSHA, with its all-volunteer executive board, continues to work hard behind the scenes to advocate for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology at local, state and national levels. We are also homeschooling our children, managing our workloads, either in-person, or through virtual means, and trying not to be inundated with news overload! PSHA has written several letters and, with coordination with our lobbyists, have delivered them to various legislators and state departments and committees. We are also working with PPTA (PA's PT association) and POTA (PA's OT association) to increase the power of our message with a newly formed Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Trialliance, specifically advocating for telepractice and appropriate reimbursement of those services. PSHA is actively engaging our National Office (ASHA) for input and feedback. Things are changing quickly and we are trying to stay ahead of the rapid influx of information - we will communicate information as quickly as it becomes available and is confirmed.
Bob Serianni, President
Pam Smith, President-Elect
Mary Beth Mason, Past-President
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