ASHA, Ida Institute to Provide Patient Centered Resources for Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists

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Collaboration marks the first time Denmark-based Institute has teamed with a U.S.-based organization focused on hearing

Marked by precedent and the promise of access to outstanding resources and tools for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, a collaboration has formed between the American Speech-Language Association (ASHA) and the Ida Institute https://idainstitute.com/ an independent non-profit based in Denmark that works to integrate person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation.

Ida first reached out to ASHA this past April. Founded in 2007 with a grant from the Oticon Foundation, the Institute has teamed up in the past with like-minded groups in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia. However, its new collaboration with ASHA marks the first time it has had such an arrangement with a U.S.-based organization focused on hearing.

In an Institute press release, Managing Director Lise Lotte Budesen described Ida as “very pleased” to team with ASHA, “an organization whose reach and influence is respected throughout the speech and hearing community.” Meanwhile, ASHA Chief Executive Officer Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE noted the excellence of Ida’s resources and tools and the value they will provide to ASHA members.

Ida’s focus on patient-centered care,” Pietranton added, “is inspirational and aligns with ASHA’s vision of making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.”

The organizations plan to meet quarterly for the foreseeable future and gradually introduce the deliverables of their new collaboration. However, some of the first evidence of them will be on display next month when the Institute holds “Hands on Lab: Ida Institute Tools for Supporting Person Centered Care In Audiology” at ASHA’s annual convention in Boston. The session is scheduled for 9:30 am-11:30 am, Saturday, November 17, Boston Convention Center, Hall C Lab 2.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. http://www.asha.org

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