January 12, 2022
Judy Rudebusch Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, took office January 1 as the 2022 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Dr. Rich, an active member of Amplio’s Advisory Council, is a lifelong educator who advocates for equity and access for all children, with a particular focus on children with communication disorders from disadvantaged backgrounds due to poverty, race/ethnicity, cultural and linguistic diversity, and other risk factors.
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
“I am honored to serve as ASHA’s 2022 President,” Rich said in a statement. “I look forward to working collectively to eliminate barriers and make connections that activate ASHA’s vision of ‘making communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.’ The global pandemic and social justice conditions call for different questions that allow us to think and solve problems in ways that support ASHA members and enhance our capacity to improve quality of care.”
“Dr. Rich has long been a source of personal inspiration to me, and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work closely with her,” said Dr. Yair Shapira, founder and CEO of Amplio. “I look forward to continuing our work together as we find new ways to help students with speech and language disorders overcome their challenges.”
Dr. Rich, a retired public school educator, previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in Irving, TX ISD, a poverty-impacted school district with a high proportion of English learners. She remains active in teaching, consulting, and advocating for children with communication disorders. Dr. Rich has advocated for equity and access for all children to receive quality education services and the support needed to have a range of options available upon graduation from high school, but especially for children who face more challenges than others due to factors beyond their control. Dr. Rich also currently serves as a Professor of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas.