The vision statement of our department states: “Our vision as a center of educational and clinical excellence is to establish and maintain dynamic, productive, and cost effective programs in the field of communication sciences and disorders, to serve the people of Hawai’i and beyond.” Inherent in that statement is the obligation to incorporate cultural competency as we work with clients and families from many countries and many diverse cultural backgrounds.
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional organization that provides certification of speech-language pathologists to ensure that the highest professional standards have been achieved and maintained. All UHCSD faculty members must be certified by ASHA, which provides extensive resources and references addressing all areas of professional speech, language, and hearing issues. Cultural competence is one of these important areas. For detailed information on the ASHA cultural competency standards on which the foundation of academic and clinical programs in UHCSD was built, please visit: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (n.d.). Cultural Competence. (Practice Portal). Retrieved from www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Cultural-Competence
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