What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?
The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.
Individuals who seek speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal, the Board’s mission is to assure there is a process where consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.
What does the Board Do?
- The Board issues license to those in compliance with the requirements in Section 2 of the rules and regulations.
- Receives and investigates complaints from the public and licensees
- Conduct settlements and disciplinary hearings of licensees
- Per federal requirements, report disciplinary action to National Data Banks
- Randomly audit licensees to ensure compliance with Section 9 of the rules and regulations and provide feedback and instruction to those audited
- Provide guidance to licensees
- Enact rules and regularly review those rules in to ensure they remain current
- Serve as a resource for licensees, applicants and the public
Helpful Consumer Links
- American Speech-Language Hearing Association
- American Academy of Audiology
- Arkansas Speech-Language Hearing Association
- Arkansas Academy of Audiology