The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College concurs with and abides by the official position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (1998) regarding accents and/or dialects. This position states:
It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that students and professionals in communication sciences and disorders who speak with accents and/or dialects can effectively provide speech, language, and audiological services to persons with communication disorders as long as they have the expected level of knowledge in normal and disordered communication, the expected level of diagnostic and clinical case management skills, and if modeling is necessary, are able to model the target phoneme, grammatical feature, or other aspect of speech and language that characterizes the client's particular problem.
The department further affirms, in accord with the ASHA position, that:
Members of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and the consumers they serve all speak with accents and/or dialects that reflect when, where, how, and with whom and from whom they learned language.
We reject all forms of discrimination, including those based on linguistic differences.