Houston Association for Communication Disorders
Houston Association for Communication Disorders
Houston Association for Communication Disorders
Houston Association forCommunication Disorders

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The professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 135,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

TSHA empowers speech-language pathologists and audiologists by providing professional development, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards, and advocating for legislation and regulation necessary for members to provide evidence-based quality care for individuals with communicative disorders.

Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Political Action Committee (TSHA PAC)
Chair contact: pac@txsha.org
The TSHA Political Action Committee
  • Protecting your license and your right to practice in the state of Texas – which is dictated by state law, not federal law.
  • Monitoring issues that affect your job, licensure, reimbursement and quality of service.
  • Being your voice at the Texas Capitol, advocating to lawmakers and state agencies.
  • Offering support including legislative advocacy, monitoring state licensure rules and regulatory agencies on your behalf.

What is the TSHA PAC?
The cost of maintaining a strong legislative initiative in Austin continues to rise. The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Political Action Committee (TSHA PAC) needs your financial support. The purpose of the TSHA PAC is to encourage the support of legislation which meets the widely different needs of the profession. The PAC raises money for contributions to candidates for state office who are supportive of TSHA’s goals. It’s an effective way to make our voices heard in the legislative process

The TSHA PAC is a group that bands together under a unified mission to support candidates for public office. Operating as a non-profit, unincorporated and non-partisan group, the TSHA PAC can receive and distribute contributions to election campaigns. A PAC can only solicit contributions from individuals associated with a specific organization/association and all contributions are strictly voluntary.

Why is the TSHA PAC Important?
Bi-annually in Texas, legislation is enacted that impacts members of our professions and individuals with speech, language and hearing disorders. Financial support through campaign donations to legislators who are not only in a position to assist our professions but also devote time and effort to support our cause is always important, but with Sunset Review upon us, the efforts of the TSHA PAC are more critical than ever.

Why Should You Participate in the TSHA PAC?
By donating money to the PAC each year, you can help us gain access to decision makers during the legislative session so we can inform the legislators of the importance of our professions and the necessity of maintaining the highest professional standards to ensure that our consumers receive quality services. You can support the TSHA PAC by contributing money, volunteering your time and helping share the mission of TSHA and the TSHA PAC.


The DSHS Professional Licensing and Certification Unit consists of twenty-three regulatory programs. The programs evaluate and issue credentials, administer examinations, monitor continuing education activities, conduct complaint investigations, impose disciplinary sanctions, and otherwise regulate a variety of health professions and related facilities in the State of Texas.



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October 2015

The Speech and Language Connection

Clinck on Job Postings for information

Results of membership needs survey conducted spring 2015


*Reason for becoming a HACD member:

CEUs               80%

Networking      70%


*Venue options preferred:    

Bayland Community Center    69%   

Houston Methodist – West     58%  

Houston Methodist- TMC        46%


*How members would like to receive handouts:  

Via email                                               55%

Digital download via HACD website  35%

Printed copies at event for $5            10%


*The top two areas where members work/live:

Central        40%

Southwest/Sugar Land/Missouri City 18%


*CEU event preferences:

Saturday 9-1                41%

Saturday full day         29%

Weekday evenings     23%

(Monday most requested day)


*59% of members were not interested in Dutch treat networking events

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