September 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Speaker: Kandis Chatman, M.S., CCC-SLP

Level of difficulty:  This program is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs, Introductory Level

Learning Outcomes

The participants will:

  • discuss the current demographics of the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • define cultural competence, implicit bias, and cultural humility
  • define terms related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • explain why diversity, equity and inclusion is important in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • provide DEI resources from ASHA and SHAA


9:00                Current demographics of the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
9:10                Cultural competence, implicit bias, and cultural humility
9:40                Inclusion for CSD clients and students
10:00             Cultural and Linguistic Competence
10:15             Personal Reflection Activity
10:35             Resources (ASHA and SHAA)
10:50             Questions

About the Speaker

Kandis Chatman is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Deer Valley Elementary School in Hoover City Schools.  She has over 17 years of experience working in interdisciplinary clinics, university clinics, and schools.  Most recently, she was a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Educator at The University of Alabama (UA) in the Department of Communicative Disorders and the Speech-Language Pathologist at the UA RISE Center. She has also worked as the Clinic Director in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Montevallo.  Prior to that, she was the lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy as well as the Program Manager. 

Mrs. Chatman received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Auburn University and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She holds Licensure from the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. She serves as the Ethical Practices Chair and Past President of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama (SHAA). She is the recent recipient of the Honors of the Association Award for SHAA. 

Mrs. Chatman has served on various departmental and state diversity committees including the Communicative Disorders Diversity Committee, the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) Committee for Diversity and Inclusivity (CDI), and the RISE Committee for Diversity and Inclusivity.  She developed the SHAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and is the current Chair. Her passion and ministry is serving children with multiple abilities and complex communication needs.  Her clinical and research interests focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluation and treatment.

Financial— Employed by and receives a salary from Hoover City School system. 

Nonfinancial—No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

ASHA CE Approved