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…]