Happy New Year!  MSHA has been busy working on 2018 continuing education events.  There are many opportunities for you to earn CEUs, network, and gain valuable knowledge!

Please take the time to look at our 2018 Convention schedule, which features 14 different sessions for you to choose from.  The Convention will be held on April 20, 2018 in Annapolis at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  We are also excited to announce that we will feature a new speaker and topic at our October 19, 2018 Clinical Connections Conference.  Behavior management will be the theme of this conference.  Our speaker will be Tatyana Elleseff.  Join us at the Hearing and Speech Agency for a full-day of practical information that you can use every day.

MSHA will also be partnering with ASHA at the 2018 Connect Conference to be held in Baltimore. MSHA will be hosting pre-convention presentations addressing topics in schools, private practice and healthcare.   Speakers are finalized and registration will soon be open.  

Finally, we have planned six webinars in 2018 that will provide CEUs for you in the comfort of your home or office.  MSHA members save significantly on all of these offerings.

We are also busy at work monitoring the 2018 Legislative Session. Last year, MSHA proposed legislation regarding the establishment of a Voluntary Ethical Special Education Advocate Registry. Our lobbyists have been working with various stakeholders so that this proposed legislation will be re-introduced this session. Additional legislative concerns will be addressed as we receive information. For those who expressed an interest in becoming more involved with MSHA’s legislative activities, we will be in need of people to write letters or emails, as well as make telephone calls, to our state representatives. Visits to Annapolis during the session may also be possible. In the meantime, consider contacting your local representative to introduce yourself and establish a friendly rapport.

As always, we invite your comments and participation. MSHA welcomes new members as we continue to work to address the needs of therapists in the state. Our Executive Board would be happy to meet with those interested in serving on our various committees or who are interested in investigating leadership roles within the association.

 Angela Mezzomo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP