Looking Forward While Looking Backward Service as a member of the ASHA Executive Board can best be described as a process whereby one increases the bandwidth and decreases the rejection rate of one’s professional and personal perspective filters. Most of us enter this role best prepared to represent fairly narrow constituencies, with only a ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   July 01, 1994
Looking Forward While Looking Backward
 
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  • Jean Lovrinic, PhD
    Temple University, PO Box 24, Westtown, PA 19395
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Hearing Disorders / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Viewpoints
Viewpoint   |   July 01, 1994
Looking Forward While Looking Backward
American Journal of Audiology, July 1994, Vol. 3, 5-6. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0302.05
 
American Journal of Audiology, July 1994, Vol. 3, 5-6. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0302.05
Service as a member of the ASHA Executive Board can best be described as a process whereby one increases the bandwidth and decreases the rejection rate of one’s professional and personal perspective filters. Most of us enter this role best prepared to represent fairly narrow constituencies, with only a modest appreciation of the concerns of members who differ from us. In an attempt to guide the Association in a manner which fosters the interests of each of our 77,000+ members and the 42 million individuals with speech, language, hearing, and related disorders whom we serve, and their families, one must acquire extensive background information on each issue, acknowledge the validity of and attempt to incorporate diverse viewpoints, take a studied position on each issue regardless of how unpopular it may be (my political mentor reminds me Dante’s Inferno reserves the hottest place in Hell for those who remain neutral), and to act reasonably and responsibly. In addition, it is necessary to recognize that change in one small remnant of our professional fabric can dramatically alter the total, in some instances yielding chaos. The result is that although inevitable and often desirable, change must be instituted in a progressive and well-planned fashion.
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