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LSHA Ethics and Diversity Virtual Fall Conference

  • Saturday, December 03, 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • This is for all currently active LSHA members
  • Individuals who are not current LSHA members
  • Students who are not currently LSHA members

LSHA Ethics and Diversity Half Day CEU Event:

“Ethics and Diversity Virtual Fall Conference”

December 3rd, 2022

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Online via Zoom


Event Schedule (Times are in CST):



Session Title

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Ashley Argrave AuD

Deaf Awareness: Why It Matters

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Greg Robinson Ph.D. CCC-SLP

First, Do No Harm: Caring for Transgender and Nonbinary Clients Across the SLP and Audiology Scopes of Practice.

10:00am – 10:15am

BREAK & Sponsor Highlight

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Hillary Cooper MA CCC-SLP

Ethics of Dysphagia and Patient Self-Advocacy

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Cindy Esquivias MS, CCC-SLP

Ethical Considerations in Early Intervention for the SLP


Students: $10

LSHA Members: FREE

LSHA Non-Members: $50

8:00 - 9:00am

Deaf Awareness: Why It Matters 

Deaf Awareness is important for Audiologists when communicating and treating Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) patients. Understanding Deaf culture helps professionals build a rapport, show respect, and have empathy with patients. This presentation will cover the Do’s and Don’ts of communicating with DHH people. It will touch on the medical and cultural perspectives of DHH people. It will discuss some fun FACT or FICTION details of Deaf people and their language. Lastly, this presentation will discuss how to treat DHH patients as well as what Audiologists can do to improve serving these patients.

9:00 - 10 am

First Do No Harm

This presentation will provide SLPs and Audiologists with practical information that they need to serve transgender and nonbinary clients, patients, and students across our scopes of practice. We will discuss health disparities; diagnoses that are disproportionately more common among transgender and nonbinary people; speech, language, and swallowing disorders that may occur along with common medical transition procedures; and ways to deliver affirming, supportive care to transgender and nonbinary people.

10:15 - 11:15am

Ethics of Dysphagia and Patient Self-Advocacy

In the realm of dysphagia management, clinicians are often presented with the ethical dilemma of disagreeing with patients regarding the safest, least restrictive diet. Scared by the ever-looming threat of dysphagia litigation, many clinicians default to aggressively conservative (and often outdated) assessment and treatment decisions with the intention of avoiding litigation. Additionally, many hospitals and long-term care facilities also encourage use of waivers to dodge liability for dysphagia outcomes. In this lecture we will discuss litigation themes in dysphagia, the Patient Self-Determination act of 1990, and the outdated use of dietary waivers.  We will wrap up with tips on how an SLP might navigate these murky ethical waters while balancing both the patients’ rights AND their own legal liability.

11:15 - 12:15 pm

Ethical Considerations in Early Intervention for the SLP

This presentation will cover general considerations for speech-language pathologists working in early intervention.  Discussion will focus on potential code of ethics violations while working with this population, as well as offer ways to best include families and their values in decision-making.

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