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NCRAR Monthly Seminar Series - CEU Details

The current month's seminar info and CEU documents are below (see highlighted section when you scroll to the bottom of the page).

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2023

Time: 12-1pm (Pacific)

Location: VA Portland Health Care System, NCRAR (Virtual)

 Lindee Alvarez, Rising third year Doctor of Audiology and first year PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas 

Title: Importance of Providing Language Concordant Audiological Care

Abstract: Due to the limited number of bilingual audiologists, few audiologists can provide language concordant to patients that speak a language other than English. Additionally, few audiological speech tests are available in languages other than English, which presents a challenge for audiologists who are fluent in a second language. According to the 2020 US Census Bureau 43.8 million people report speaking Spanish at home. As such, there is a crucial need to train audiologists to provide audiological services in Spanish. During this presentation survey data about the speech tests clinical audiologists use when assessing Spanish-speaking patients as well as their level of comfort administering tests in Spanish will be presented. The results of this survey suggest many clinicians are overestimating their ability to provide audiological care in a second language. Furthermore, the profession of audiology must adapt to the changing demographics to provide care that is culturally responsive.  

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

• Describe three problems that currently exist surrounding the lack of language concordant care for Spanish-speaking patients. 
• Describe at least 2 differences between Spanish and English speech materials.
• Identify at least three audiometric speech tests available in Spanish

Disclosure statements: Lindee Alvarez, rising third year Doctor of Audiology and first year PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas, has no financial relationships to disclose. She has the following non-financial relationships to disclose; she is an AuD/PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a member of the organization, Audiology En Espanol.

*IMPORTANT DETAILS: The seminar will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams

To receive a Teams invitation, you must contact Marianne Pierson at before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9th, and she will send you an email invitation with a Microsoft Teams link.

Once you have a Microsoft Teams invitation, please see the instructions for joining below at the time of the call:
1. Click on the “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” link in the Outlook invitation for the seminar (in the Outlook calendar)
2. Click on “Join now," and mute your microphone.
3. Alternately, you can simply call the telephone number listed below the "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" link. Note: MUTE your phone; do not place your phone on hold.

CEUs: If you wish to receive CEUs for watching the seminar, please click on the links below to download the TWO* forms you will need:

 1. ASHA Participant form NOTE: this is a fillable form!!** (see instructions below) We do not accept scanned forms
 2. Evaluation form

You will need to return BOTH forms within 5 business days (August 17th) in order to receive credit. Send them to Marianne Pierson at

NCRAR is approved by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to offer 0.1 CEU for this continuing education activity (Advanced level, Professional Area).   

**Fillable Form instructions: How to Complete the ASHA Participant form electronically

Download/save the form to your computer, and then you will be able to fill in the form.
• Enter your identifying information as usual in upper right section
• Click in the middle of bubble/box section for your last name
• The boxes/grid lines disappear and empty white space appears in the middle
• Type in your name
• Hit TAB; Your responses, both your typed letters as well as the grid lines with boxes colored-in will reappear
• Enter your ASHA number in next section the same way
• Hit TAB and numbers fill in the boxes