Five SGD Funding Rules of Commitment This article focuses on policy documents of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that provide guidance to SLPs facing the various issues and challenges of conducting AAC evaluations that result in a speech-generating device (SGD) funding request. Five (5) SGD funding rules of commitment are proposed for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2015
Five SGD Funding Rules of Commitment
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  • Carolyn Wiles Higdon
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  • Katya Hill
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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  • Nonfinancial: Carolyn Wiles Higdon has no nonfinancial interests to disclose. Katya Hill acted as the guest editor for this issue of Perspectives.
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Practice Management / Professional Issues & Training / ASHA News & Member Stories / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2015
Five SGD Funding Rules of Commitment
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 129-134. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.129
History: Received October 20, 2015 , Revised November 6, 2015 , Accepted November 6, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 129-134. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.129
History: Received October 20, 2015; Revised November 6, 2015; Accepted November 6, 2015

This article focuses on policy documents of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that provide guidance to SLPs facing the various issues and challenges of conducting AAC evaluations that result in a speech-generating device (SGD) funding request. Five (5) SGD funding rules of commitment are proposed for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to consider in their clinical practice regardless of the funding source (e.g., school districts, Medicare, Medicaid, major health insurers, or private pay). The rules highlight ethical conduct, advocacy, and consumer protection. SLPs having questions about SGD funding practices and requirements should contact the appropriate ASHA service staff with their questions as the primary source of information and guidance.

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