Webinar: Core Functions in CSD Education: A Tool for Supporting Student Success
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (EST)
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
.10 ASHA CEUs
This presentation will explore the design and use of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders’ (CAPCSD) newly adopted tool, A Guide for Future Practitioners in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: Core Functions. Academic programs in speech-language pathology and audiology strive to train students who will be ready for the rigorous demands of our profession, yet how to support students with various needs is not always a clear process. Considering this, CAPCSD created a Task Force in 2021 whose goal was to re-examine its 2008 Essential Functions document. While this earlier document intended to delineate behaviors considered necessary for student success, a growing commitment for inclusivity and diversity in CSD training demanded a critical examination of this tool and its use and potential misuse. The task force reviewed current literature regarding the development, use, and potential misuse of technical standards and essential functions in various medical and healthcare disciplines. It held listening sessions with invested parties, including individuals with disabilities and faculty experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. The resulting Guide was designed to be a tool that not only defined student expectations, but expounded on the multiple pathways that may be available to help students to achieve their clinical and academic potential while embracing the obligation to foster diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. This presentation will explore use of the Guide to foster shared conversations between programs and students about expected “core functions” and potential needed supports. Emphasis will be placed on using this tool to "think outside of the box" when considering what a student may need to be successful in clinical and academic settings, while honoring the diversity of our discipline.