Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus

The Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus (API Caucus) is one of several Multicultural Constituency Groups (MCCGs), which are allied/related professional organizations that are independent of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to make connections among API groups, share common concerns in education, and advocate for quality speech and hearing service delivery for individuals across diverse API communities.

 "The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus shares the Pacific Ocean. Asia Pacific is huge, both in area and in population. People from Pacific Asia speak hundreds of languages, have many different cultures, practice a variety of religions, and have huge differences in world view. They are, however, connected by the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water."  

                                   

                                - Dr. Lilly Cheng, Founder

Our Goals

  1. To be connected with and to support API professionals in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders;

  2. To be connected with and to support professionals serving API communities in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders;

  3. To facilitate networking and the sharing of knowledge among members;

  4. To provide mentoring;

  5. To support research that advances speech, language, hearing, and communicative wellness within API communities;

  6. To recruit, support, and advocate for API students and clinical/research professionals;

  7. To create a collective voice:

  8. To speak up for client populations who are underserved and who lack equitable access to services

  9. To advocate for accessible and high quality speech, language, cognitive and hearing services for API populations;

  10. To work with the ASHA Executive Board, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Issues Board, relevant Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and other MCCGs to pursue the aforementioned objectives.

  11. To provide support for developing cultural humility and cultural competence through activities such as cultural exchange, study/work abroad

  12. To cultivate global citizenship by supporting international work and by collaborating with overseas professionals and professional organizations.

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API Speech-Language Hearing Caucus

Updated January 2018