The State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council (SEACDC) has been meeting regularly since 1995 and was formerly known as the Council of Language Speech and Hearing Consultants in State Education Agencies (CLSHCSEA).
The State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council (SEACDC) includes members from state education agencies who consult on behalf of students with speech-language or hearing impairments and other communication disabilities.
The purposes of the SEACDC include:
To advise and consult with appropriate federal agencies, state agencies, and other public and private organizations and committees on philosophies, principles, practices, and needs in all areas relating to services for individuals who have language, speech, or hearing disabilities.
To formulate and recommend policies and procedures in the field of language, speech, and hearing, and to disseminate them to appropriate agencies and organizations.
To establish liaisons with other organizations and associations whose primary purpose shall be to promote the provision of appropriate speech, language, and hearing services to children from birth through high school graduation, or age twenty-one.
The state consultants group, in existence since 1939, has been instrumental in providing information and feedback to ASHA on issues that affect school based SLPs and Audiologists.
SEACDC members meet yearly in conjunction with the ASHA annual convention to share information on state efforts and resources. At the annual meeting, consultants also hear from speakers who share information on topics of national interest.
SEACDC members also participate in a list-serve and provide input and comment on public policy issues that impact school based speech-language pathologists and audiologists across the nation.