SHAV-A-Gram newsletter – The latest and most up-to-date information on SHAV activities, news from ASHA, legislature, regional associations, local universities and other agencies.
SHAV Website – Has up-to-date information on SHAV activities, job opportunities, an online member directory and services.
Reduced Registration Fees – All SHAV-sponsored workshops throughout the state, including the Annual Conference and other continuing education events are offered to members with a substantial savings on registration fees.
Legislative Voice – The voices of SHAV members DO count! SHAV is active in legislative issues affecting our professions with state advocacy efforts supported by professional lobbyists.
Professional Standards – Membership in your state association is your commitment to maintain a high level of standards. As a member, this may benefit you professionally through career ladder, employee evaluations or career advancements.
Networking and Leadership – Great networking opportunities. Members are encouraged to join a committee of interest, contact state legislators, show their presence at the capitol for Legislative Day, offer expertise for any projects sponsored by SHAV, run for an office of the Executive Board, or simply submit an article for the newsletter.
SHAV Activities and Workshops Priority Status – As a member, you will receive first notice of SHAV- sponsored activities and workshops, through the newsletter, website and special mailings, that non-members may not.
SHAV offers many types of membership to meet the needs of professionals in Virginia. You must join at the highest education level for which you are eligible. Please read the definition of the membership categories below to determine the appropriate membership category. Dues include an optional $5 contribution to SHAV Political Action Committee which may be deducted if you do not wish to support legislative efforts. Membership Categories and Dues are as follows:
Voting Members have all the privileges of membership in the Association, including the right to vote, hold office and chair committees. Voting members must hold a master’s or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, audiology or a related discipline, and/or hold ASHA certification. Privileges include current issues of the Association newsletter, and reduced registration fees for Association continuing education opportunities. Cost is $80.00 and includes a $5.00 contribution to PAC.
Associate Members hold an Associate’s degree or higher in speech-language pathology, audiology or a related discipline. Individuals with other credentials in the speech-language-hearing disciplines may apply to the VP of Membership for Associate Membership. Associate Members may not vote or be committee chairs. Privileges include current issues of the association newsletter and reduced registration fees for Association continuing education opportunities. Cost is $72.50 and includes a $5.00 contribution to PAC.
Joint Members are professional members of another state association and must send proof of current membership. They have the same privileges as a Voting Member. Cost is $65.00 and includes a $5.00 contribution to PAC.
Student Members are currently enrolled as full- or part-time students in speech-language pathology, audiology or a related discipline. Verification must be signed by a faculty member each year as a SHAV member. They have the same privileges as an Associate Member. Cost is $22.50.
Life Members have obtained the age of 65 or older and have maintained 10 consecutive years of SHAV membership. Life Members are accorded the same privileges as Voting Members. There is no charge to Life Members.
Commercial Members are companies with an interest in the field. Privileges include current issues of the association newsletter and reduced marketing fees. Commercial Memberships may not vote or be committee chairs.