As the summer break winds down, I find myself reviewing where MSHA has been and where it is going. In response to questions raised at our 2016 Convention, we recently expanded our Executive Board to include Multicultural Affairs. C’Rai Weeden Shannon has assumed the role of Multicultural Affairs Director. At this time, she has been researching and gathering information in order to develop what is planned to be a dynamic committee. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.
MSHA will also be partnering with ASHA at the 2018 Clinical Connect to be held in Baltimore. MSHA will be hosting three pre-convention presentations addressing topics in schools, private practice and healthcare. We are currently accepting proposals for these three hour presentations.
We are also getting ready for what is likely to be a busy 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 may 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.
MSHA has several continuing education events scheduled. These events provide not only ASHA approved CEU’s, but opportunities to engage in face to face networking with other practitioners in the state. These connections often provide valuable information regarding the state of the profession within Maryland.
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.
MSHA looks forward to seeing you online or in person.