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ASHA’s Response to Hurricane Harvey

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health care providers (including audiologists and SLPs) who are employed by a hospital and who are in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with tropical storm Harvey disaster response operations!

ASHA continues to monitor the situation in Texas and the Gulf region, the impacts of which are still developing. Once the immediate weather events pass and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declares which areas are officially affected, ASHA will decide how it can best respond. Meanwhile, we are in communication with the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA), which is leading the response to area audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

  • If you are interested in donating to relief efforts in the impacted areas, information on donation programs is available on the FEMA website. ASHA is not setup as a charitable or philanthropic organization and we cannot accept or distribute donations. (8/31/2017)
  • Due to the timing, magnitude, and extended impact of these events, ASHA is extending or deferring deadlines and due dates on a developing-list of items and obligations, including dues and certification maintenance, to provide a six-week window of relief to those members in the FEMA-delineated disaster zip codes. More details on this list of deferral items and zip codes will be available on this page and via other communication channels as soon as they become available. In addition, a product discount of up to 30% will also be available to replace ASHA-produced items from the ASHA store for those in the impacted areas. (8/31/2017)
  • ASHA has been asked by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to alert ASHA members that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health care providers (including audiologists and SLPs) who are employed by a hospital and who are in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with tropical storm Harvey disaster response operations. More information is available on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website. (8/30/2017)

Please contact the ASHA Action Center if you have any additional questions or requests for information.