ACSLPA recognizes the existence of systemic discrimination, unconscious bias, and racism which has been highlighted in recent weeks by a groundswell of action here in Alberta, across Canada, and around the world. To be part of the solution, rather than committing to being non-racist which may imply neutrality, we must make a choice to be actively anti-discrimination and anti-racist. This is a time for us as individuals to look at our own actions and biases (conscious and unconscious), as well as a time for the College to reflect, learn and improve.
Under our mandate, ACSLPA serves and protects the public interest by regulating audiologists and speech-language pathologists in their practice. We do this, in part, through setting and enforcing admission and continuing competence standards for the professions, establishing standards of practice and a code of ethics, publishing guidance on professional practice, and investigating complaints of unprofessional conduct.
Diversity, inclusivity, tolerance, and equality must be embraced by all of us. These shared values are reflected in ACSLPA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and it is expected that ACSLPA’s regulated members, staff, and volunteers should live up to these ideals.
ACSLPA strives for fairness, objectivity, and respect for all people but this does not preclude unintended and/or unconscious discrimination from finding its way into our systems. We will take action to listen, to learn, and to improve upon our systems, policies, and processes. If you have a constructive perspective to share on this process, please submit it to ACSLPA via the Contact Form.