DSHA Position Statement on Racism – June 2020

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DSHA Position Statement on Racism – June 2020

The Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association acknowledges and condemns the pervasive violence, injustice, and insidious racism that has been brought to a head in our country by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. People of color, especially members of the Black community, have long experienced systemic racism resulting in disproportionate health, education, and economic outcomes. It may seem as though the current situation has escalated quickly but to people of color oppression has been ingrained into the fabric of their daily lives, across the span of the history of the United States.

DSHA believes that open communication and intentional action are among the first steps we can make toward change. Part of DSHA’s mission is to provide resources, information, and advocacy to its members to promote the highest level of care to the individuals and communities we serve. Here you will find strategies that we can all use to actively become anti-racist advocates and allies who raise up the often disregarded voices of others and continue to hold paramount the health and welfare of our clients:

  • Step back and hold space for any individual who has experienced oppression – please listen, see, and honor those experiences
  • Consider any privileges you may have and take time to consider the impact racism and trauma has on your clients and colleagues while not burdening them with your questions and anxieties
  • Independently research the significant health and economic disparities attributable to institutionalized racism and intentionally work to provide more equitable services
  • Facilitate and support inclusive hiring in your workplace; actively counter discrimination and racism in the moment you observe it
  • Advocate for workplace trainings targeting cultural competence, racism, and bias
  • Ensure graduate programs are fully representative in both the students accepted and the professionals hired
  • Encourage diversity within your state organization and in other leadership roles
  • Complete continuing education developed by representative and diverse speakers
  • In addition to ethics coursework, complete continuing education in the areas of cultural competence/humility, implicit bias, trauma and racism
  • Utilize ASHA’s resources on cultural competence, join SIG 14, and read Vicki R. Deal-William’s statement in the ASHA Leader
  • Complete Harvard’s Implicit Bias tests
  • Seek out and use therapy materials that depict individuals from minoritized and marginalized communities
  • Use cultural best practice when engaged in clinical referrals, evaluation, treatment, reporting of outcomes, and discharge
  • Donate to social justice causes and organizations that support diversity, representation, and inclusion in the professions: National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus, L’GASP, Hispanic Caucus, Asian Indian Caucus, Native American Caucus, Caribbean Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and SLPs of Color
  • Join the ASHA STEP Mentoring program
  • Focus your energies on what you can professionally and personally do to dismantle this system which has caused the deaths of so many, rather than attending to distractions and attempts at discrediting those doing this work

DSHA is committed to learning more and working harder to end the oppression, inequality, and racism which impacts our colleagues, clients, and community daily. Please reach out if you need additional support or resources. If you are so inclined, please share other ways you know to amplify diverse voices in our professional setting and we will update this working resource as more strategies are identified. And please, reach out to join our team, we need you more than ever. We are stronger together.

 


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Info from Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Offers Information for State Early Intervention Part C and Early Childhood Special Education IDEA Part B Section 619 Programs

Remote Service Delivery and Distance Learning
Updated May 6, 2020

A number of states are providing remote service delivery as an alternate and effective way to serve young children with developmental delays and disabilities at home with their families, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency. We have compiled information for state’s early intervention Part C and early childhood special education IDEA Part B Section 619 programs– including technology and privacyreimbursementprovider and educator use of technologyfamily resourcesstate guidance and resources, and research.

Learn more here.


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Better Speech & Hearing Month Telepractice Webinars – Sponsored by MSHA

Registration is now open for our telepractice webinars, which will be held from May 26 through May 29, 2020.

You asked and we listened!  We have gathered an expert panel of speakers to educate you in many different aspects of telepractice.

Many professionals are now struggling with providing therapy online.  These webinars will cover important topics such as coding and billing guidance, strategies for engaging students, private practice tips, and telepractice for AAC assessment and treatment.

We offer these sessions for the low price of $59 for MSHA members and $69 for nonmembers.

Because of the great need for this information, we are holding these sessions soon.  It is very important that you register today so that we can get an accurate count of participants.

If you are not available to watch these sessions live, we will record them and make them available for 30 days for all participants.

During these difficult times, we want to make sure you have the information you need to continue to provide professional, creative and effective therapy to those you serve.

Let’s celebrate our professions, gain new knowledge and earn CEUs!

Click Here to See Full Details on Speakers and Sessions

Thank you for your support of this MSHA CEU event!


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Listening Tip sheet for SLPs to use with families of DHH kids

Access the “Listening at Home Tip Sheet” shown below by clicking here.

To access the Facebook page of See Hear Communication Matters for additional resources, click here.

 


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Additional Resources Related To COVID-19: Posted April 3, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities:

ASHA Telepractice Resources During COVID-19:  Information to help you provide telepractice services

THANK YOU, ASHA!  Check out ASHA’s Learning Pass which offers unlimited access to ASHA’s extensive, ever-growing catalog of credible, curated online content! As a valued ASHA member, you will receive FREE access to the ASHA Learning Pass through June 30, 2020, to help meet your learning needs during this difficult time.

Explore the catalog now and get familiar with your Dashboard, where you can find featured courses, helpful tips for finding and taking courses, links to manage your subscription, and more.

Check out Warp Speed Download: Essential Info to Jumpstart Your Teletherapy Practice by Bright Media (EXTENDED – now free through May 6):
Access a recording of “SLP Telecon,” which includes modules with 6 speakers from across the country. Due to recent circumstances SLPs may be required to provide services virtually for the first time ever.  You will learn from some amazing SLPs who will be sharing their best tips and tricks for getting started and best practices in teletherapy!
NOTE:  Free access to SLP Telecon ends May 6

Therapy Bootcamp – Free conference replay provided by the California Speech Language Hearing Association and SpeechTherapyPD.com

Practice Considerations:

In Addition To HIPAA and FERPA, Consider COPPA:
“When you’re checking your availability for a call, we also recommend that you review “Answers to frequently asked questions about COPPA” COPPA FAQs – in particular Section M, entitled “COPPA AND SCHOOLS.”  For example, this section explains how schools that establish contracts with the third-party online service operators to offer online programs solely for the benefit of their students (which appears to be your plan) may act as the parent’s agent and can consent to the collection of kids’ information on the parent’s behalf.   (See FAQ M.1.)

In addition, the Department of Education recently issued guidance on virtual learning and FERPA, which is available at https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20%20Virtual%20Learning%20032020_FINAL.pdf

Best,
COPPA Team”

IDEA Part B Issue Brief: Missed Sessions…What the IDEA Part B Final Regulations Say

Important Information About Maintaining Your CCC:

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented events in the last couple of weeks, and we have all been affected professionally and personally. ASHA is here to provide support and guidance to help you weather the uncertainty. Please make sure to visit the ASHA coronavirus resource pages to stay on top of all the latest resources and supports specific to issues related to COVID-19.

In addition, we wanted to tell you about some easy ways to earn your Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) during your 2019 – 2021 Certification Maintenance Interval:

Subscribing to the ASHA CE Registry is easy, too. The Registry helps annual subscribers track and document ASHA CEUs earned, and it will automatically notify ASHA Certification Maintenance on your behalf once 30 CMHs (3 ASHA CEUs) have been accumulated during your maintenance interval.

Clinical Instructors, Supervisors, and Clinical Fellowship Mentors: Did you know that NEW supervision requirements went into effect 01/01/2020? If you plan to supervise students or mentor Clinical Fellows for purposes of ASHA certification, you must have completed two hours of professional development in the area of clinical instruction or supervision (post-certification) and self-attest that you have completed this requirement. To do this, login to your ASHA account and click “edit” to self-attest that you have met this one-time requirement.


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More resources shared from Delaware Telehealth Coalition

1) Next Thursday, March 19, 2020, the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers will host a free webinar on Telehealth and COVID-19. The webinar will be held at 12:00 pm Mountain /11:00 am Pacific / 10:00 am Alaska time Click here to register for this timely, free webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qcJHiCQBShyg3cR-Gc5DjQ?mc_cid=e942b398b3&mc_eid=fdb8ca3f28
2) The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC), a HRSA-funded TA center, is having extra open office hours this week including TODAY and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. https://www.matrc.org/archive-events/two-sessions-added-this-week/
3) Slides from February Telehealth Billing and Coding Webinar can be found here under “View the 2/11/20 Billing & Coding Webinar” slides: https://detelehealth.wixsite.com/detelehealth
4) Health Care Law Today, Article 5 takeaways from corona virus spending bill: https://www.foley.com/en/insights/publications/2020/03/telehealth-5-takeaways-coronavirus-spending-bill

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Information About Telehealth

Due to school closures and recommended social distancing, you may wish to communicate with your clients via teleconferencing. Please discuss HIPAA compliant teleconferencing with your employer prior to implementation. You may wish to review HIPAA guidelines on Telemedicine.

Please see Delaware Telehealth Coalition for additional information regarding the state of telehealth in Delaware.

Some options for teleconferencing:

Vidyo: https://info.vidyo.com/vidyo-license.html
Zoom: https://zoom.us/
Doxy: https://doxy.me/pricing
Vsee: https://vsee.com/pricing/
Simple Practice: https://www.simplepractice.com/telehealth-secure-hipaa-compliant-video/
Other options can be found here.

DSHA does not endorse the use of any specific teleconferencing company. DSHA cannot provide you or your employer with information regarding reimbursement for telehealth services.

Regardless of reimbursement, we do not recommend use of Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Video Chats, etc., as these are not HIPAA compliant.
You may also find information regarding telephone calls and HIPAA here.

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Governor Carney Directs Two-Week Closure of Delaware Public Schools

Governor Carney Directs Two-Week Closure of Delaware Public Schools – Friday, March 13, 2020

State to close schools March 16 through 27 to prepare for potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read more


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Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Thursday, March 12, 2020

Emergency declaration allows for broad coordination of state agencies to respond to outbreak.  Read more


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