communication disorders emergency permits

speech therapy problems shortageIn June 2007, the state of Indiana passed legislation to allow communication disorders emergency permits. This law allowed schools to hire graduates of four-year speech-language pathology programs who have been accepted to master’s programs. Master’s programs are typically required to obtain a full license to practice as SLPs. The law expired in June this year, leaving the state with a shortage of therapists once again. Many in charge of hiring SLPs for their districts didn’t find out the permits expired until the spring after the legislative session had ended. [continue reading…]