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ABESPA provides crucial services to audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Alabama!
- Timely renewal of licenses
- Support of low-cost continuing education opportunities
- Enforcement of ethical practices in therapy
- Upholding of high standards for Alabama therapists
Without ABESPA, license renewal and regulation would be handled by the Alabama Department of Health. To maintain ABESPA, state law requires three candidates from each district with an opening, both SLPs and audiologists, in each election.
- ABESPA regulates the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology in the state of Alabama
- ABESPA consists of seven members, one from each district in the state. Three members of ABESPA are audiologists and three are speech-language pathologists. The seventh is a "member of the consuming public or an allied professional." (ABESPA Administrative Code, 870-X-1-.02; Code of Alabama 1975, Section 34-28A-40)
- Each ABESPA member serves a three-year term, with rotating terms so that only two or three members are replaced at any one time
- SHAA elects nominees for each upcoming vacancy on the board. The governor then appoints ABESPA members from those nominees
How to run for ABESPA
- Make sure you are qualified. You must meet the following criteria:
- Reside in District 4 or 5
- Be licensed by ABESPA
- Be capable of attending a monthly ABESPA meeting in Montgomery (typically the 2nd Friday - meetings generally begin at 9 am and are done by noon). Appointed ABESPA members who must travel to the meetings are compensated for travel costs and receive complimentary SHAA convention registration.
- Have been engaged in rendering services to the public, or teaching, or conducting research in speech-language pathology or audiology for at least five years
- Have not already served two consecutive terms on ABESPA
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