The Tennessee Speech Hearing Association was founded in 1953 and became the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in 1974.
To meet the needs of persons with hearing, communication, and swallowing disorders and to enhance the professional development of audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
- TAASLP is the only organization in Tennessee that represents the interests of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and their clients. Its sole mission is "to meet the needs of persons with hearing, communication, and swallowing disorders and to enhance the professional development of audiologists and speech-language pathologists." Whether you are in private practice, a medical/hospital setting, public schools, or academia, it is essential that you stay abreast of developments in your profession and prepare for the future in today's increasingly competitive world. That is why hundreds across the state are members of TAASLP. They feel the involvement is critical to their careers, and they are given an opportunity to "give something back" to their profession by participating in TAASLP activities.
- TAASLP continually monitors legislation and regulations affecting the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology at the state and national levels. By staying in touch with legislators, testifying at committee hearings, or participating in letter writing campaigns, members have a tremendous impact on governmental issues. In 1999, TAASLP played a leading role in influencing Congress to place a two-year moratorium on the arbitrary $1500 therapy cap and to provide new funding for newborn-infant hearing screening grants. In 2000, efforts were undertaken to extend the moratorium, reduce the caseload cap size, and repeal or reduce the annual professional practice tax in Tennessee. In addition to members' efforts, TAASLP employs a professional lobbyist to monitor legislation.
- TAASLP provides its members with many opportunities for continuing education to help them keep up with advancements in diagnostics and treatment methods. Every year TAASLP offers an annual convention, and there are usually four other opportunities year-round. With the exception of convention, all continuing education activities are available to TAASLP members at no cost or at significantly reduced rates.
- When you attend a TAASLP meeting, serve on a committee, or participate in other activities, you have an excellent opportunity to interact with your colleagues one on one, share common interests and concerns, and network for employment and professional activities.
- TAASLP publishes a newsletter, membership directory, and other materials to keep members informed on issues and developments affecting the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology. However, the most timely and accessible source of TAASLP information is its web center. The center provides members with updates on legislative and regulatory issues, job listings, publications, a calendar of events, message forum, leadership contacts, and valuable links to other professional websites.