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  • 18 Jan 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The latest edition of the ForwardHealth Update is available here.

  • 17 Jan 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    DHS Seeks Applicants for State Long-Term Care Advisory Councils
    Deadline to Apply: February 3

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies on two state long-term care advisory councils. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 3, 2023. Information regarding both opportunities is below.

    Long-Term Care Advisory Council (LTCAC)

    The LTCAC serves as an advisory body to DHS on existing and emerging aging, disability, and long-term care systems issues. Members provide advice and make recommendations to the DHS Secretary regarding long-term care policy, programs, and services. Learn more about LTCAC.

    IRIS Advisory Committee (IAC)

    The IAC is a workgroup established to provide recommendations to the DHS program staff on issues related to administration of the IRIS program. IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) is a self-directed program for adults with disabilities and elderly people. IAC members are individuals who have relevant knowledge, experience, expertise, and community relationships that allow them to present ideas, opinions, or facts for the betterment of the IRIS program. Learn more about the IAC.

    How to Apply

    Applications of interest to serve on these two councils can be found on the DHS website:

    If you would like to request a paper application or need an accommodation or assistance with completing your application, please contact DHS Long-Term Care at 608-267-7286 or Please include the name of the council to which you are applying.

  • 9 Sep 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the exceptional students who are the 2022 Recipients of the WSHA Foundation, Inc. Scholarships!

    The WSHA Foundation, Inc. Board received a record number of applicants for scholarships and are proud to offer the following students some public recognition for their accomplishments and for receiving these awards!

    Please acknowledge the accomplishments of these students to the faculty and students in your programs!

    We look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in their field of study and practice!

    The Judith H. and David J. Ward Scholarship - $1,000
    Joyce Dong, Marquette University

    Nancy McKinley Scholarship - $1,000
    Mia Angione, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Friends of WSHA Foundation Scholarship - $1,500
    Breanna Wolter, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Heart of Healthcare Scholarship - $1,500
    Julia Mordarski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Jack Kile Scholarship - $1,000
    Athara Ibrahim, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Finally, the Otto Family chose to award three scholarships in honor of their beloved Risa Mari Otto!

    Risa Mari Otto Scholarship - $2,000 each award
    Ailyn Vargas, Marquette University
    Kylie Dube, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Yalzell Noriega, Marquette University

  • 22 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The WSHA Board of Directors is honored to be able to continue supporting speech-language and audiology professionals by offering an early bird discount for members who join or renew by October 31, 2022.With this discount, regular members pay only $99 for WSHA membership! For your convenience, we have updated invoices to reflect the early bird discount.

    We’re also pleased to extend an additional year of complimentary membership to our Recent Graduates . This means all early career professionals in their first year following graduation receive all the benefits of WSHA membership at no charge. Recent Graduates in their second- or third-year following graduation can take advantage of the reduced member rate of $75.If you’re new to WSHA, register via the WSHA website and indicate you are a Recent Graduate.

    We’re making plans for in-person Workshops, Virtual Town Hall Meetings, and Virtual Happy Hours to share important updates and resources as they become available. Visit the WSHA website for more information on the WSHA You Knew Webinar Series! These webinars are complimentary for WSHA members so join today to take advantage of this excellent opportunity!

    If you haven’t been a member of WSHA in the past, don’t wait JOIN TODAY!! Visit or email (not .com) for more information. If you have any questions, please email (not .com) – we’re here to help!

  • 19 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    WSHA Virtual Business Meeting
    August 24, 2022
    12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Join leaders within the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology professions to learn more about the benefits of WSHA membership, WSHA advocacy efforts and activities that influence your practice, the rewards of being a WSHA volunteer and the skills you could gain through volunteer leadership. An update on the state of the association will be provided. (This meeting is in place of the business meeting that takes place during the in-person convention).

  • 18 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The DSPS is currently experiencing delays with licensing certain professionals within the State of Wisconsin. WSHA can assist. If you're experiencing delays in application processing, please complete this form. WSHA will compile and submit to DSPS on a weekly basis. WSHA will work with DSPS to expediate and troubleshoot application delays.

  • 5 Aug 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    We're currently seeking nominations for the WSHA Awards. This is a great opportunity to recognize your colleagues for the great work they're doing. Please review the awards here and submit your nomination today!

  • 26 May 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Speech Language Pathology and Hearing Association (WSHA) concurs with the sentiment of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and sends its most sincere condolences to those involved in and affected by the senseless tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. We stand with our school-based members, education professionals, children, and their families and continue to monitor local, state, and national legislation which aims to support the safety of those learning and working within our schools.

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