ASHA has information about its muticultural caucuses on its website at: ASHA's Multicultural Constituency Groups Page

The caucuses (with links) are:


Native American Caucus

The Native American Caucus was formed in 1986. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists who had a common interest in the unique attributes of the Native American culture met at the ASHA convention for the first time and since then have gathered yearly in November at the annual convention. Membership has included both Native American professionals as well as those professionals who work with predominately Native American populations. Native American NSSLHA members have also been part of the group. The group has served as a forum for discussion of the issues that influence the provision of quality services to Native American populations including recruitment of Native American students to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. Enhancement of service to Native Americans and encouragement of Native American leadership in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology have been primary topics for the group. Other areas of interest have been supporting research efforts, serving as a resource for information, and promoting public awareness and understanding of the uniqueness of Native American culture.




National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

NBASLH was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1978 by a small group of African American speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Their purpose is to address the specific needs, concerns, and interests of African American students studying in the profession, African American professionals working in the professions, and African American consumers with communication disorders. Pursue research and study problems associated with linguistic and learning styles of African Americans that are specific to their linguistic and cultural connection. The group is a strong, outspoken advocate of the concept that the speech and language patterns of many African Americans that are essentially dialectal and culturally defined should not be viewed from a deficit or pathology perspective.




Hispanic Caucus

The Hispanic Caucus serves as a forum and voice for meeting the immediate needs of Hispanic professionals, students, and consumers. The group originated in March of 1992, when Luis F. Riquelme and Alexandra Heinsen-Combs sent letters to as many Hispanic and non-Hispanic clinicians they could identify, who were working with the Latino community nationwide. Initial response was enthusiastic, and by November 1992 the Hispanic caucus held its first membership forum at the San Antonio, Texas Convention. Diversity is at the forefront of the Hispanic caucus as they represent members of several ethnic groups originating from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Central and South America, and Mexico. They are a heterogeneous group with some similar traits, characteristics, and traditions. They are united by their culture and their common desire to meet the needs of the Hispanic population with communication disorders.



Asian Indian Caucus

The Asian Indian Caucus (AIC) was formed in 1994 at the annual convention of ASHA in New Orleans. The AIC is a forum for individuals of Asian Indian origin (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, etc.) and those interested in service delivery to and research of clients of Asian Indian origin. Our goals are:  to motivate and provide opportunities for greater participation of Asian Indians in professional service to speech pathology and audiologyto serve as a resource to meet the needs of clients of Asian Indian origin and/or professionals working with clients of Asian Indian originto promote exchange of information and networking among members to enhance professional development and/or quality of service delivery to Asian Indian clients with communication disorders to compile information about evidence based practices relating to service delivery for Asian  Indian clients To target these objectives, AIC conducts an annual meeting at the ASHA convention, publishes a bi-annual e-newsletter showcasing member contributions, and maintains an active e-listserv to promote exchanges between students, clinicians and researchers interested in professional and service delivery issues related to individuals of Asian Indian origin.


Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

The Asian Pacific Caucus is a group comprised of speech and hearing professionals from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guam, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland (with highest concentrations in California and New York. Some of the challenges facing the caucus are extreme shortages of bilingual personnel prepared to deal with diverse Asian/Pacific populations, lack of instruments for assessing communication disorders, scarcity and elusiveness of materials for intervention, and difficulty in recruiting and retaining Asian/Pacific students. Some shared goals are (1) to increase the number of Asian/Pacific Islander bilingual culturally-linguistically diverse (CLD) speech-language pathologists and audiologists who have the competence to provide quality services; (2) to increase the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of education, medical, and health programs and support services for API LEP/FEB CLD children, youth, their families, and other individuals; (3) to advance the awareness, sensitivity, and competence of API LEP/FEP CLD issues among speech and hearing professionals and other educational, clinical, and medical personnel; and (4) to continue research efforts in providing data relating to clinical management of API/CLD CD populations.




L'GASP-GLBT Caucus is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender professionals that began meeting informally as "GASP" at the 1982 ASHA convention in Toronto. The desire was to meet other professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology, with similar sexual orientation, in order to discuss issues common to all. Meetings were announced by word-of-mouth and the informal nature of the gatherings continued until the ASHA convention in Seattle 1990, when the group decided it was time to organize. In 1991, at the ASHA convention in Atlanta, an organizational steering committee was formed and they changed their acronym to embrace the female members of the group—"GASP" to "L'GASP". In 2005, at ASHA San Diego, the provisional descriptor "GLBT Caucus" was appended to the original name, thus recognizing that the original name did not encompass members who are bisexual or transgendered.

L'GASP-GLBT Caucus provides a forum in which to meet other gay, lesbian, and bisexual professionals and discuss issues that concern our professional lives. Through meetings, newsletters, and networking, members voice the concerns and frustrations met in facing the professional oppression that homophobia engenders. Members also celebrate the strides our communities have made in combating homophobia, and we strategize about what more can be done.