The mission of ABESPA is to help assure the availability of the highest possible quality speech-language pathology and audiology services to the communicatively handicapped people of this state by strict licensing requirements and mandatory continuing professional education. The Board serves to protect the public from being misled by incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons and from unprofessional conduct on the part of qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
The function of the Board is to examine the credentials and qualifications of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, and Audiologists who wish to provide services to the people of Arkansas, and to issue licenses or registration to those individuals who meet the standards set forth in §17-100-101 et seq. The Board acts on behalf of consumers by handling complaints to ensure that quality speech-language pathology and audiology services are delivered to the public.
The board currently oversees more than 2600 licensees in speech-language pathology and audiology and registered speech pathology assistants.
101 East Capitol, Suite 103
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-9180
Fax: (501) 682-9181