Defining Essential Functions for a Diverse Student Population: Summary At the 2006 annual conference of the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), the membership passed a motion to have the Council investigate and develop the essential functions of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The motion read: On behalf the CAPCSD, the Committee on Essential Functions, chaired ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2007
Defining Essential Functions for a Diverse Student Population: Summary
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ilsa Schwarz
    University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
  • Jennifer Horner
    Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
  • Robbie Jackson
    Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
  • Patti Johnstone
    University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
  • Moira Mulligan
    University of Vermont Burlington, VT
  • Kathy Roberts
    University of Oregon Eugene, OR
  • McKay Sohlberg
    University of Oregon Eugene, OR
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2007
Defining Essential Functions for a Diverse Student Population: Summary
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2007, Vol. 10, 6. doi:10.1044/ihe10.2.6
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2007, Vol. 10, 6. doi:10.1044/ihe10.2.6
At the 2006 annual conference of the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), the membership passed a motion to have the Council investigate and develop the essential functions of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The motion read:
On behalf the CAPCSD, the Committee on Essential Functions, chaired by Ilsa Schwarz, with committee members Jennifer Horner, Robbie Jackson, Moira Mulligan, and Kathy Roberts, led a pre-conference workshop in spring 2007 to discuss background principles and purposes of an essential functions checklist and to create a consensus checklist for use by audiology and speech-language pathology graduate programs. The essential functions checklist is intended to serve as both a developmental and evaluative tool, capturing a host of knowledge domains, clinical skills, and professional attributes. “‘[E]ssential functions’ …[include] acquiring fundamental knowledge; developing communication skills; interpreting data; integrating knowledge to establish clinical judgment; and developing appropriate professional attitudes and behaviors.” (Reichgott (1998, p. 79).
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