The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) along with the other members of the National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO) applauds U.S. Representative David Loebsack (D-IA) for his re-introduction of the Reducing Barriers to Learning Act on May 25. Representatives Leonard Boswell (IA-3), Bruce Braley (IA-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), and Henry Waxman (CA-30) were original cosponsors of the legislation.
The bill, H.R.1995, after it was introduced was referred to the House Education and the Workforce Committee for further consideration.
This bill acknowledges that millions of students require specialized instructional support services that assist them in addressing their individual barriers to learning and recognizes the need for coordinated federal and State support services.
If passed, the bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Office of Specialized Instructional Support Services to coordinate the provision of and to clarify the roles of professional providing specialized instructional supports, such as school-based Speech-Language Pathologists. It would also create a grant program for State Education Agencies that, among other uses, would assist in the recruitment, retention, and adequate staffing of specialized instructional support services to meet the needs of students experiencing barriers to learning at the district and individual school level.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 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.
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About The National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations www.napso.org
NAPSO is a coalition of national professional organizations whose members provide and support a variety of school-based prevention and intervention services to assist students in becoming effective learners and productive citizens. NAPSO organizations represent more than a million members, including school counselors, school nurses, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers and school social workers; occupational therapists, physical therapists, art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists; speech-language pathologists and audiologists; teachers, students, parents, and administrators. NAPSO promotes interdisciplinary practice and collaboration and advocates for ensuring access to quality services for all students. NAPSO member organizations are bound together by the common vision to bring all students, in all states, the programs and professional support services they need to ensure success in school.