A substantial amount of information about the fields of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology is available on the internet. Additionally, there are a number of quality web sites addressing specific patient populations and therapy materials. However, there is a great deal of misinformation on the Web as well. Prospective and current students and program graduates are encouraged to utilize the internet wisely.
The list below provides links to several reputable web sites. This list is certainly not all-inclusive, but would serve as a good basis for individuals beginning an exploration of the field.
Please note: College of DuPage and SLPA coordinator are not responsible for the content of web sites listed in this directory.
College of DuPage Web Sites
COD's Health Sciences Librarian, has complied a comprehensive listing of quality Speech Language Pathology resources from the COD Library collections as well as the internet. Additionally, she has produced an excellent resource of consumer health information.
National and State Organizations
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national organization for Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologists. As described on the web site, ASHA "is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 103,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. ASHA's mission is to "ensure that all people with speech, language and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate more effectively." ASHA provides a wide range of information regarding scope of service for professionals and students in the communicative disorder sciences, including information regarding education and credentialing of both SLPs and SLPAs, as well as consumer information. Information regarding SLPAs may be accessed via links from ASHA's home page by following the link for "students", then "SLP Assistants".
- Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA)
ISHA is the Illinois state organization that shares many common goals with ASHA but addresses these goals on a state rather than national level. ISHA represents 4,000 licensed professionals with advanced degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. ISHA's goals are to educate the public as to the availability of services for persons with speech, language and hearing disorders; participate in the legislative process to ensure the further practice and growth of quality speech, language and hearing services throughout the state; and support scientific study of human communication and its disorders.
- Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR)
IDPR is a division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. IDPR's mission, is "to serve, safeguard and promote the public welfare by ensuring that licensure qualifications and standards for professional practice are properly evaluated, accurately applied and vigorously enforced." Regulation and licensing for all communication disorder professionals is under the purview of IDPR.
With the passage of Public Act 92-0510 on Jan. 1, 2002, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act was amended to allow for the use and licensure of associate level SLPAs in the state of Illinois. Information regarding the practice act as well as licensing information and forms may be obtained through the IDPR web site.
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
The ISBE "sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education." The ISBE may have additional or alternative requirements (as compared to IDPR) for communication disorder professionals, paraprofessionals and assistants working within Illinois schools.
General Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Links
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD is a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NIDCD is "mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function."
- Judith Kuster, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Speech Clinic Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has built an incredible website with hundreds of links of interest for those in the communication disorders fields. Her website is available at: http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/welcome.html
- Speech Language Pathology "bulletin board" on the Thinking Publications website.
The links below are not specific to the field of Speech Language Pathology; however, they provide quality information regarding patient populations frequently seen by SLPs and SLPAs
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
- American Academy of Audiology
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association
- Autism Society of America
- Choices for Parents
- Cleft Palate Foundation
- Cluttering – SFA Web Site
- Cure Autism Now
- Department of Communication Disorders
- Fetal Alcohol Exposure
- Huntington’s Disease
- International Association of Laryngectomees
- International Huntington Association
- Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
- Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation
- Myasthenia Gravis Association
- Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
- National Aphasia Association
- National Association for Down Syndrome
- National Down Syndrome Congress
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
- National Stroke Association
- National Stuttering Association
- Neuromuscular Disease Center at Washington University
- Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
- State of Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coalition
- Stuttering Foundation of America