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International Professional Organizations

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International Organizations

International organizations allow professionals who care for persons with communication disorders to interact across national borders.  At least twenty-four international associations and groups focus primarily on communication disorders, including those listed to the right.  

Organizations such as the International Affairs Association and Communication Therapy International are broad in scope, the former focusing on the entire world and the latter focusing on supporting speech-language pathologists in countries with no or limited services for persons with communication impairments. The scope of associations and groups such as the International Hearing Society, Humanitarian Audiology, the International Society of Audiology, and the International Association of Logopedics and Phonoatrics are nearly as broad, having the entire world and either audiology or speech-language pathology within their purview.  Associations such as the International Stuttering Association, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association select to focus on a narrower range of disability.  Still other types of associations select to concentrate on communication disorders as they occur in a specific world region, including Asia Pacific Society for the Study of Speech, Language and Hearing and the Indo-International Society of Communication and Hearing Sciences.



Below is a list of contact information for known international organizations. If we missed your organization, or if something we wrote is not right, or if you have a change in your organization you want to share, please let us know.


In Their Own Words:
Afasic was founded in 1968 as a parent-led organization to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. We provide information and training for parents and professionals.  Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments. It works in a partnership with local and national government, professional and statutory bodies and other voluntary organizations. Afasic is a recognized training provider and we offer a range of services that include a helpline, publications, support groups, and membership.


Asia Pacific Society for the Study of Speech, Language and Hearing

In Their Own Words:
Mission Statement:
To promote the exchange of research and clinical ideas relating to all aspects of normal and disordered speech, language and hearing throughout the Asia Pacific Rim.

●   To provide an international forum for discussion of issues related to speech, language and hearing
●   To hold a biennial international conference on speech, language and hearing in one of the countries of the Asia Pacific Rim
●   To promote basic and clinical research into all aspects of normal and disordered speech, language and hearing
●   To develop and operate an email discussion group for members of the Society
●   To facilitate the publication of research into speech, language and hearing emanating from the Asia Pacific Rim
●   To facilitate the establishment of strategic international research alliances in the area of speech, language and hearing
●   To provide an international resource to assist new researchers to establish active research programs in various academic and clinical institutions in the Asia Pacific Rim
●   To provide assistance in developing new education programs within the Asia Pacific Rim


Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
CAPCSD Administrative Office
P.O. Box 26532
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Voice: 952-920-0966
Fax: 952-920-6098

In Their Own Words:
Who we are:
Over 250 programs strong, since 1979, we have had a mission to support programs world-wide that educate undergraduate and graduate students in the communication sciences and disorders.

Today, over 2,000 academic, clinical and administrative staff members affiliated with over 250 institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand use their CAPCSD membership to keep ahead of the challenges that face our programs, our faculty, our staff, and our students.
What we do:

  • Develop and promulgate position statements relevant to educational and professional standards
  • Maintain liaisons with, and advise, related professional organizations, government agencies, and the university community
  • Assist your ability to respond to changes in program accreditation and professional credentialing
  • Gather, organize and distribute information relevant to your program’s strategic planning needs, including funding, as well as faculty, staff and student demographics
  • Promote and provide professional development and continuing education opportunities for your department members
  • Foster quality education through meetings

Caroline Bowen’s Website

In Their Own Words:
This website comprises over two hundred web pages for families, Speech - Language Pathologists, professionals in related disciplines, and students of human communication disorders and sciences. There are many articles and links reflecting both clinical and research interests.  The website also explains how families can play a role in the assessment process, as well as management of communication impairments.  The mission of the website is to provide useful, theoretically sound information about some aspects of human communication disorders.


Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes / Logopedes de l'Union Européenne (CPLOL)
Speech and Language Therapy in European countries

In Their Own Words:
CPLOL is the Standing Liaison Committee of Speech and Language Therapists/Logopedists in the European Union. Associations representing countries include Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

This website provides map of countries affiliated with the CPLOL and links to speech-language therapy information within each country. Each link describes the profession in a specific country - encompassing the organization of service, education, authorization / recognition of diplomas, status of the profession, and professional organization.


Communication Therapy International (CTI)

In Their Own Words:           
The Communication Therapy International (CTI) is an association whose members have an interest in services for people with communication disabilities in less developed countries.  The Communication Therapy International’s mission is to encourage, promote and support the development of appropriate services to such countries by sharing experience, information and knowledge.


Deutsche Gesellschaft f. Phoniatrie u. Pädaudiologie e.V.
(eingetragener Verein)
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Robert-Koch-Straße 40
37070 Göttingen

In Their Own Words:
The DGSS is an international and interdisciplinary organ of all German speaking societies working in the field of speech-language-voice pathology and other communication sciences. In the board of the DGSS, all these societies are represented such as:
-The German Society of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology
-The Austrian Society of Logopädics, Phoniatrics, and Pedaudiology
-Berufsverband Deutscher Hörgeschädigtenpädagogen
-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachheilpädagogik
-Deutscher Bundesverband für Logopädie e.V.
-Gesellschaft für angewandte Linguistik e.V.
-Sektion Klinische Psychologie des Berufsverbandes Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen
-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherpaie e.V.
-Deutsches Kollegium für psychosomatische Medizin
-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikmedizin e.V.
-Verband Deutscher Schulmusiker


Disability Resource Directory

In Their Own Words:
The goal of the Disability Resource Directory is to provide a current, comprehensive and annotated directory of resources for the Disabled community.


Humanitarian Audiology

In Their Own Words:
In April 2003, after meeting over a number of years, a body of audiologists, hearing health care professionals, and students decided to formulate a structure for individuals interested in providing humanitarian audiology services. Within a short time period, a list of purposes were agreed upon.

1.   Provide a flow of information relevant to Audiology Humanitarian Projects (via email, webpage access, in person meetings, etc) ­ between the regions seeking Audiology assistance and the Audiologists planning on traveling to regions in order to efficiently provide services of a philanthropic nature.
2.   Establish a group or name that manufacturers can identify and potentially build a stronger commitment within humanitarian audiology projects.
3.   Provide suggested guidelines to Audiologists who are considering leading projects.
4.   Mentor students and others who are looking for Projects by linking them to established groups that provide philanthropic services abroad.
This body of Humanitarian Audiologists is not considered specific to any country or continent, and likewise, becoming part of this special group of Humanitarian Audiologists is not limited to any nationality or culture.


Indo-International Society of Communication and Hearing Sciences

In Their Own Words:
The Indo-International Society of Communication and Hearing Sciences (IISCHS) was founded on the 28th of February 2003, by a small group of Indian professionals who are working in the field of communication and hearing sciences in India and abroad.  The IISCHS’s mission is to provide accessible and detailed information to individuals seeking information related to Communication Hearing Sciences and to have professionals from the field of Communication Hearing Sciences and related areas of primarily Indian origin acting as an interactive knowledge base for the advancement of Communication Hearing Sciences in the Indian context."


International Affairs Association (IAA)

In Their Own Words:
The International Affairs Association (IAA) is an ASHA Related Professional Organization that has been in existence since 1990. The IAA represents members from over 20 countries who reflect professional work, study and travel experiences around the world.

The purpose of this Association is to encourage international activities in the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. It provides information regarding opportunities for consulting, study, travel, teaching, and the exchange of ideas.


The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

In Their Own Words:
The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) is a non-profit, non-political and nongovernmental, worldwide organization that works for the benefit of persons with speech, language, voice, swallowing and hearing disorders. The Organization was established in 1924 and has two major subfields, logopedics and phoniatrics.  The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics aims to help clinicians around the world to improve the treatment of people with communication disorders.

IALP represents a professional body of 125,000 specialists in human communication through the 56 affiliated national societies from 38 countries and over three hundred individual members. As an individual member of the IALP, you could help to shape the future of communication disorders on a global scale, and be part of one of the most influential organizations in this area.


International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM)

In Their own Words:
The International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) is the professional and certification organization for the Orofacial Myology Practitioner.  This is the resource site for IAOM members and those interested in Tongue Thrust, Swallowing Problems and those wanting membership and career information.  The IAOM is a professional organization that offers its members the opportunity to attain the highest credential possible for a Orofacial Myologist/Myofunctional Therapist-- the C.O.M.

The International Association of Orofacial Myology works to improve the health of the public by advancing the art and science of orofacial mycology.  IAOM increases the awareness of and ensuring the access to quality primary health care for the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders.  IAOM maintains the highest standards through education, increases the body of knowledge through research, and represents the interests of orofacial myologists.


International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (ICPLA)

In Their Own Words:
The International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (ICPLA) was formed in 1991. Its aim is to stimulate thought and research in phonetics and linguistics in relation to disordered speech and language. Also, we hope to facilitate interactions and communications between researchers and clinicians.
All individuals engaged in research, or in any other activity consistent with the above aims, are eligible for membership in ICPLA. Student membership is available at reduced rates.
The Association will organize a biennial Symposium to be held in different countries, attendance at which will be available at reduced rates for ICPLA members. The Association will also encourage the development of nationally based informal discussion groups; British and Irish groups hold regular termly meetings on selected topics.

International Fluency Association

In Their own words:
The International Fluency Association is a not-for-profit, international, interdisciplinary organization devoted to the understanding and management of fluency disorders, and to the improvement in the quality of life for persons with fluency disorders.


International Hearing Society (IHS)

In Their own words:
Mission Statement
The International Hearing society (IHS) is the non-profit, professional association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists.  HIS advocates and supports the highest standard of professional competency, business integrity and excellence in serving the hearing impaired.

53 Years of Excellence
The International Hearing Society 9IHS) is the non-profit, professional association that represents Hearing Instrument Specialists in the United States, Canada, Japan, and several other countries.  HIS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments.  Fifty-four state and provincial chapters are affiliated with the Socity.  Founded in 1951, the Society continues to recognize the need for promoting and maintaining the highest possible standards for its members in the best interest of the consumer.


International Society of Audiology (ISA)

In Their Own Words:
The International Society of Audiology includes the science of hearing, the modeling of the auditory system, the management of hearing impaired people, both of the very young with their special problems of language development and of the elderly with the social implications of hearing impairment for work and social integration. The International Society of Audiology has its official seat in Geneva, Switzerland.


International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

In Their Own Words:
ISAAC, the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of every child or adult with little or no functional speech. ISAAC's members are committed to increasing awareness of the potential that alternative methods of communicating have for achieving this goal.


International Stuttering Association (ISA)

In Their Own Words:
International Stuttering Association (ISA), founded in 1995, is a worldwide network of people who stutter.  ISA is a non-profit umbrella association dedicated to close cooperation among independent national and international self-help organizations of people who stutter.  It provides the chance for people who stutter to speak with one voice internationally.

The International Stuttering Association is a joint project of people who stutter, professional clinicians, and researchers.  It provides a framework for building a more humane, just, and compassionate world for the millions of people who stutter.  The ISA website is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about stuttering.


The Overseas Association of Communication Sciences (OSACS)

In Their Own Words:
The Overseas Association of Communication Sciences (OSACS) is a state organization of ASHA and is located within the states on the ASHA web page.  We are SLPs and Audiologists who work for the US government primarily in Germany, but have members throughout Europe who work for the US military and early intervention services.  We work in military dependent schools and serve the children of military families.  We also have associate members in our organization that are German.  Also see Appendix C.

Source:  Dianne Barron


Pan American Society of Audiology

In Their Own Words:
It was during the XXI International Congress of Audiology, held in September 1992 in Morioka (Japan), when a group of specialists in Audiology conceived and promoted a Pan American academical integration of this working field. With the blessing of the great Aram Glorig - Dr. Noise - the concept materialized with the forefathers of the organization: Sanford Gerber, Juan J. Madriz, George Mencher, Jorge Schwartzman and myself.

Almost 10 years have gone by and we are fully aware that the Society, in spite of its young age, has achieved many of its goals, although much remains to be done. This is the reason why I feel we must stop and think, remembering our origins and therefore, defining the means our Society has used to evolve, mature and develop.


Talking Point

In Their Own Words:
Talking Point is a website all about speech, language and communication difficulties in children. It has a range of information and resources for parents and caregivers of children and also for professionals.  There is a specific portion that is mainly for parents and caregivers but will also be useful to professionals that work with children. The website also provides another specific portion written for educational and health professionals that work with children, but will be of interest to parents looking for a broader view of the sector.


Union of the European Phoniatrics

In Their Own Words:
The union represents the medical specialty for communication disorders. The collection has been compiled on behalf of the Union of European Phoniatricians.  The purposes of the Union of the European Phoniatrics are to promote the specialty of phoniatrics, and to promote the practice for the benefit of the medical care by medical doctors working in public health service or private practice.  The union also strives for the improvement of the work conditions for its member by all legal means.


World Federation of the Deaf

Hearing Loss Web
5665 Balboa Ave. #357
San Diego, CA 92111
858 278 9630 (V/T)

In Their Own Words:
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was established in 1951 during the first World Congress in Rome, Italy. WFD is an international, non-governmental, central organisation comprising national associations of Deaf people. With a membership in 123 countries, WFD represents approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide.
At present in WFD work, emphasis is placed on the following areas:
-Improve the status of national sign languages
-Better education for Deaf people
-Improve access to information and services
-Improve human rights for Deaf people in developing countries