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ASHA Partners with People to People Ambassador Programs to Provide Members Rare and Exciting Educational Travel Opportunities

First Delegation of Communication Professionals Traveled to Israel in October

Two Delegations for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Planned for 2011

(Rockville, MD - November 11, 2010)  

Learning from and sharing with professional counterparts in other countries is now available to members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) through a new partnership with People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences.

This partnership extends the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology beyond U.S. borders to foster knowledge exchange between collaborating countries. 

Through this partnership, ASHA speech-language pathology and audiology members and the host countries' related professionals will have rare opportunities to discuss practices and procedures—opportunities that promise to broaden all participants' professional knowledge and understanding. 

"As communication professionals, we find ourselves increasingly in a global environment. This exciting new partnership offers ASHA members terrific opportunities for cross-border learning that they wouldn't be able to get elsewhere," according to  ASHA president Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP. 

ASHA members and students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) will learn through cross-cultural professional educational exchanges and gain access to extraordinary people and places while acquiring lifelong memories and friendships. 

"Getting to know each other as individuals helps us to understand each other as people, cultures, and nations," Peg Thomas, president of People to People Ambassador Programs explains. "Citizens with a deep understanding of shared issues across cultures and a connection to the people of other nations enrich both their personal and professional lives." 

Three ASHA delegations will have traveled abroad before the end of 2011, each composed of 15–40 communication professionals. 

The first delegation, led by former ASHA president Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, traveled to Israel in October. Besides exploring and discussing the scope and practice of speech-language pathology and audiology in Israel and the United States, delegates learned about emergency needs in human communication in Israel, trends in CSD education there, and the nature of health and educational systems related to people with communication disorders.

Sue T. Hale, MCD, CCC-SLP, will lead a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Delegation to China and the Tibet Autonomous Region May 23–June 4, 2011, and Dr. Alex Johnson will lead his fifth People to People Citizen Ambassador delegation to Brazil August 20–28, 2011. Both delegations are open to ASHA members, and either program will prove to be an exciting and enriching learning opportunity.

If you are interested in participating in or learning more about the 2011 delegations, or would like to stay informed about future delegations, you can visit, e-mail, or call 877-787-2000. Delegations fill quickly, so be sure to enroll early if you plan to join either exchange.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

About People to People Ambassador Programs

People to People Ambassador Programs is the world's most recognized and respected educational travel provider. Since 1963 more than 400,000 people from around the world have traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs to help further global understanding through cross-cultural exchange. Offering unmatched safety measures and unparalleled access to foreign cultures and countries, People to People Ambassador Programs promotes personal success in a globalized world and fosters international friendships for both students and professional adults.  

People to People Ambassador Programs is the exclusive educational travel provider of People to People International (PTPI), a nonprofit organization founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote peace through understanding worldwide. Together, PTPI and People to People Ambassador Programs are united in a mission to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange. For more information, please visit   


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