Special Interest Divisions on the Net
by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Minnesota State University, Mankato
ASHA members who share a common interest in a specialty area are
invited to join Special Interest Divisions (DIVs) which "promote
specific professional interests; develop communication and network
in diverse professional settings; identify and convey concerns and
needs to the Executive Board and Legislative Council; assist in policy
formation; and promote and participate in continuing education." The
mission statement and goals for each of the 15 DIVS is online
The ASHA website also provides additional information about the
Divisions. Although the (free) Adobe Acrobat reader is needed to
access it, an application for membership form (open to ASHA members, international affiliates, students and consumers) is online.
Several of ASHA's DIVS are taking an active role
in using the new technologies available through the Internet to
benefit their members. Those divisions dealing with hearing issues,
tend to use the closed ASHA mailing list designed for audiologists.
Any ASHA audiologist can join the mailing list by sending the
following message to firstname.lastname@example.org
subscribe yourfirstname yourlastname youremailaddress.
As with any "closed" mailing list, subscribers are added by the list
owner following verification of appropriate membership. Some of the
division mailing lists are "open" to anyone who wishes to join.
Additional Internet activities for several of the DIVS are highlighted below.
- DIV #1 -- LANGUAGE LEARNING AND EDUCATION maintains a
closed mailing list. Members of DIV#1 may join LANG-LEARN-
ED@LISTS.WWU.EDU by sending the message subscribe lang-
learn-ed yourfirstname yourlastname to email@example.com.
Lang-learn-ed is used to facilitate discussion of current journal
articles of interest to its members. An article is announced two
weeks prior to discussion and a suggested format for discussion is
on the website which is maintained for DIV#1
- DIV #2 -- NEUROPHYSIOLOGY AND NEUROGENIC SPEECH AND
LANGUAGE DISORDERS uses the open CenterNet mailing list, provided
by the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders at
the University of Arizona as their forum on professional concerns,
cultural and reimbursement issues, as well as assessment and
management problems and dilemmas, interesting cases, and research
needs as they relate to neurogenic communication disorders in
adults. To subscribe send the message subscribe c-
net_adultneuro your email address and your name to
- DIV #3 -- VOICE AND VOICE DISORDERS in cooperation with the
University of Iowa's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck
Surgery, sponsors an open mailing list, SID3VOICE@LIST.MEDICINE.UIOWA.EDU. To subscribe you may access the sid3voice webpage and click on the button "Join sid3voice" Alternatively, you may subscribe by sending the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org, subscribe sid3voice firstname lastname.
- DIV #4 -- FLUENCY AND FLUENCY DISORDERS sponsors a closed
mailing list, SID4@LISTSERV.TEMPLE.EDU. Members of DIV#4 who wish to
subscribe should send the message subscribe sid4 yourfirstname yourlastname to email@example.com.
- DIV #5 -- SPEECH SCIENCE AND OROFACIAL DISORDERS maintains
an open list, ASHA-SID5@POSTMAN.COM for any ASHA member as
well as students or other interested professionals. To subscribe
address email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type subscribe
in the subject line and in the message space, type yourfirstname yourlastname your email address.
- DIV #10 -- ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION sponsors a closed mailing
list, DIV10@ECNET.NET for members. To subscribe, division members
should send the message subscribe div10 to email@example.com.
- DIV #11 -- ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION sponsors a closed
mailing list ASHA-SID11@POSTMAN.COM for Division members. To
subscribe, members should send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, type subscribe and in the
message space, type yourfirstname yourlastname.
- DIV #12 -- AUGMENTATION AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
maintains a closed mailing list available for Division affiliates. To
subscribe, type subscribe in the subject line and in the message
space, type your full name and email address to email@example.com
- DIV #13 -- DYSPHAGIA - The Dysphagia Resource Center, a major Internet resource for swallowing
and swallowing disorders publishes DIV#13 news/information. Division
members also actively participate on the open mailing list,
DYSPHAGIA@MEDONLINE.COM. To subscribe, send the message
subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com
- DIV #14 -- COMMUNICATION DISORDERS AND SCIENCES IN
CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE (CLD) POPULATIONS.
The Multicultural Electronic Journal of Communication Disorders
(MEJCD) linked to DIV#14 on ASHA's website, was initiated with
funding by an ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs Grant (1997-98).
The first edition, contains articles in the areas of phonology, fluency, language, and neurogenics related to cultural and linguistic diversity.
- DIV #15 -- GERONTOLOGY maintains a mailing list available for
division affiliates. To subscribe, type subscribe in the subject line
and in the message space, type your full name and ASHA ID
number if you know it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuster, JM, Special Interest Divisions on the Net, ASHA, July/August, 1999, p. 18