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2018—2019 Membership Categories
OSLA's Membership Year runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
General Member: General membership is available to Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists working full time (over 800 hours) in their profession or field. General Members enjoy all of the rights and privileges of membership and have the right to vote and hold office.
Reduced Hours: Reduced Hours membership is available to Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists eligible to be full members who work less than 800 hours in the membership year. Reduced Hours members enjoy all of the rights and privileges of member-ship and have the right to vote and hold office.
New Practitioner: New Practitioner Membership is available to Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists eligible to be full members in their two years since graduation and who were OSLA student members in the year immediately prior to graduation. New Practitioner Members enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership and have the right to vote and hold office.
Retired: Retired membership is available to former Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists who are no longer working in direct client care, administration or teaching. Retired members enjoy all of the rights and privileges of membership and have the right to vote and hold office.
Communicative Disorders Assistant: Membership is available to CDAs (Communicative Disorders Assistants) who are under the supervision of an SLP/Audiologist. CDA members enjoy all of the rights and privileges of membership, except the right to vote and hold office.
Student: Free, Due to the generosity of practicing members, students enrolled in a Masters-level or Doctoral-level Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology programs or in college support personnel programs (e.g. Communicative Disorders Assistants) in Ontario are eligible to be Student members at no cost.
1. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists who:
A) Do not reside in the province of Ontario; or
B) Are unable to obtain a Reg. CASLPO designation; or
C) Are on a recognized leave of absence (parental leave, sabbatical, or other leave of absence lasting longer than six months that is not a result of a CASLPO disciplinary action); or
2. In limited circumstances, the Board of Directors may grant associate membership to a person who is not a member of either profession, and has provided a reasonable rationale for applying. The Board of Directors may grant associate membership when the Board of Directors deems it to be in best interests of the Association to do so.
Associate membership is granted provisionally upon payment of the membership fee. All Associate memberships are presented to the Board of Directors for review and approval.