The Tennessee Speech Hearing Association was founded in 1953 and became the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in 1974.
The mission of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (TAASLP) 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.
Why Should I Join TAASLP?
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. We have hundreds of members across the state that are all given the opportunity to “give back” through TAASLP activities and initiatives. We feel active participation is essential to protect the interests of our profession, and we know our members can truly make a difference.
TAASLP continually monitors legislation and regulations affecting the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology at the state and national levels. By meeting with legislators, testifying at committee hearings, or advocating at Day on the Hill each year, members can have a tremendous impact on governmental issues.
When you attend a TAASLP conference, serve on a committee, or participate in advocacy activities, you have an excellent opportunity to interact with your professional peers and to network for employment and professional activities.
TAASLP seeks to keep members informed of opportunities for continuing education to learn of the latest advancements in diagnostics and treatment methods. Every year TAASLP hosts an annual convention with specialty tracks offering targeted information for Adult/Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Prescreen/School-Age Speech-Language Pathology, and Audiology. Each specialty track also has an invited speaker presenting a featured session with cutting-edge research or techniques. Additionally, TAASLP posts local CEU events on the website.
TAASLP publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep members informed of issues and developments affecting the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology. However, the most timely and accessible source of TAASLP information is the TAASLP website which provides members with updates on legislative and regulatory issues, job listings, upcoming events, message forum, leadership contacts, and valuable links to other professional websites.