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Access to Gender-Affirming Voice & Communication Services: A Group Therapy Solution (PD102499)

Presenter(s): Jennifer Gill, CCC-SLP; Aaron S Ziegler
Course Description

A better understanding is needed of the barriers and facilitators in accessing communication services by gender diverse individuals. This session describes a conceptual model of health care access and shows its use in developing a group solution to improve gender expansive individuals’ access of communication services.

This course is a recorded technical session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 4027V).

Content Disclosure: This session focuses on one specific intervention model; this is a quality improvement evaluation of a group therapy model.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify barriers and facilitators to accessing voice and communication services by gender expansive individuals
  • Describe five dimensions of health care access as they relate to accessing gender-affirming services by gender expansive individuals
  • Name at least two solutions that improve access to gender-affirming voice and communication services

DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Presenter Information

Jennifer Gill, MS, CCC-SLP (Presenting Author), is co-director of the Wellness Group for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing, singing specialist, and mezzo-soprano. She received her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Pacific University, Graduate Opera Performance Diploma from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music, Voice Performance from Portland State University. Her clinical interests include vocal injury prevention and treatment and gender-affirming voice and communication.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Clinician and co-director of the Wellness Group for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Aaron Ziegler, PhD, CCC-SLP (Non-Presenting Author), is Director and Speech-Language Pathologist at The Wellness Group for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing, a group practice serving the U.S. West Coast and Idaho. His clinical interests include vocal aging, vocal injury prevention, and gender-expansive voice and communication. Dr. Ziegler has published research, funded in part through the National Institutes of Health, on models of voice therapy and prevention including Phonation Resistance Training Exercises (PhoRTE).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner's guarantee from The Wellness Group for Voice, Speech, and Swallowing, LLC

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by June 20, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: June 20, 2027

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102499
Available Through: June 20, 2027