Pre-Conference Workshop

Multicultural Issues Relevant to Speech-Language Pathology
(Jointly planned and offered by the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association and ASHA Professional Development) (WK03)

Thursday, July 19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 309
CE: 0.3 ASHA CEUs/3.0 PDHs

This workshop is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This pre-conference workshop will review multicultural and diversity issues in the field of speech-language pathology, including ASHA statements and guidelines related to assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals. Discussion will address disproportionality and concerns regarding appropriate diagnosis of CLD individuals receiving speech-language services. Speakers will also discuss strategies for supervision and increased representation of CLD professionals in the field.

Learning Objectives:

C’Rai Weeden Shannon, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Sheppard Pratt Health System

C'Rai Weeden Shannon, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with 13 years of clinical experience. Weeden Shannon has worked in a variety of settings, including non-public school, public school, hospital and early intervention. Weeden Shannon is a member of the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) executive board and serves as the MSHA Multicultural Affairs Director.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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Eusebia Mont, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Maryland - College Park

Eusabia V. Mont, MS, CCC-SLP, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University and her MS in Communication Disorders from California State University, Northridge. She is the clinical director of the Cultural-Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program and leader of the Accent Modification Program. Mont teaches Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders, Principles and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology, and Speech and Language Development in Children. Her specific clinical interests include communication across the life span with an emphasis on language development in children and dementia-related communication deficits. Her interests also include infusing diversity training into clinical education and culturally competent service delivery in in speech-language pathology. Prior to joing the HESP faculty, she worked in a variety of educational and rehabilitation settings as well as private practice.

Financial Disclosures: Financial compensation from ASHA for the second presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

These disclosures apply to all presentations listed below.

Presentation(s):

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Olisa R. Hall, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Sheppard Pratt Health System

Olisa Hall, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who received her master's degree from Howard University. Over the past 10 years, she has provided services in a variety of settings, including early intervention, private practice, and nonpublic and public schools. Hall currently works in a day school for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, helping to establish and maintain communication systems using AAC and functional language.

Financial Disclosures: Employee at Sheppard Pratt Health System

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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Felicia Williamson, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Howard County Public Schools

Felicia Williamson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who works for Howard County Public Schools and for The Children's Spot, both located in Columbia, Maryland. Williamson earned both her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Following her graduate program, she completed additional coursework to earn graduate certifications in Assistive Technology and School Administration and Supervision. She has recently completed the requirements for her second master's degree in Special Education Leadership as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education. Through her work in non-public special education schools, private practice, and public education, Williamson has extensive experience providing treatment for children with a variety of complex and intensive speech, language, and behavioral needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder and emotional disabilities. Additionally, Williamson has completed training in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), PROMPT, and Social Thinking, and has experience working with a wide variety of communication systems and devices.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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D. Maria Rice, EdD, CCC-SLP

Clinical Director of Speech & Hearing Services
Eagle Academy Public Charter School

Donna Maria Rice, EdD, CCC-SLP, is the Clinical Director of Speech & Hearing Services for Eagle Academy Public Charter School in the District of Columbia. She is a mentor and clinical education supervisor for graduate students in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Howard University and The George Washington University. She is also a field researcher for Pearson Assessments and an evaluator for COMPASS Mental Health Consultants, LLC in Rockville, Maryland. Rice is a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee for the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) and speaker for the 2018 MSHA conference. Her areas of expertise include Multicultural Issues with Language & Literacy in Title 1 Schools and Bilingual Populations, and assisting youth in the Juvenile Justice System through a multidisciplinary support team. Rice is an affiliate of ASHA SIGs 1 (Language Learning and Education), 11 (Administration and Supervision), and 16 (School-Based Issues) and a S.T.E.P. participant.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

Presentation(s):

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Jose A. Ortiz, MA, CCC-SLP

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Maryland

José A. Ortiz, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, and faculty member in the department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he serves as the director of the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP). He has an interest in the bilingual language development, and technology-enhanced service delivery. He continues to be active in the local community, helping to facilitate educational workshops for caregivers and serving as an advocate for bilingual education.

Presentation(s):

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