Establishing a State or Regional ASLTA Chapter
Chapters are an essential part of ASLTA and its mission to advocate for the needs of ASL educators. There are two types of chapters:
- State-wide chapter. The chapter serves all ASL educators within the state.
- Regional chapter. The chapter serves either a specific area within a state (such as a major city) or a larger geographic region that cannot support multiple chapters (such as several neighboring states).
To begin the process of forming a state or regional ASLTA chapter, please review the chapter guidelines here. The guidelines describe the leadership structure and professional development commitments a chapter undertakes to be part of ASLTA.
Affiliated State and Regional Chapters are important partners for ASLTA.
Chapters provide a local presence, bring national attention to regional needs, and improve the quality of ASL instruction via professional development. Chapters serve an essential function in increased awareness and advocacy regarding ASL education.
- Promote official recognition of ASL as a language.
- Promote professional quality in ASL/Deaf Studies teaching.
- Facilitate an effective avenue for exchange of information regarding methods and materials for ASL/Deaf Studies teaching.
- Provide members a minimum of 12 hours per year of professional development related to ASL/Deaf Studies teaching.
- Increase the number of local members to obtain and maintain ASLTA certification.
- Provide input into National ASLTA’s standards and procedures for ASL/Deaf Studies teaching.
- Encourage educational institutions and community-based programs to include ASL/Deaf Studies in their curricula and hire ASLTA-certified teachers.
- Engage in advocacy with the local/state/regional associations of the Deaf and language teaching organizations to promote ASLTA certification for ASL/Deaf Studies teachers.
Affiliated ASLTA Chapters benefit from affiliation with ASLTA via national exposure, networking, and eligibility for financial assistance.
Other benefits include:
- Use of the acronym “ASLTA” in Chapter identification materials.
- Priority scheduling for ASLTA evaluations.
- Designated space in the national ASLTA newsletter/website to communicate Chapter events or news.
- Receive emailed National ASLTA board meeting highlights.
- Officers’ contact information included in the ASLTA website.
- Chapter President or designated representative is invited to attend and engage in National ASLTA Board meetings.
- Eligible to apply for a one-time Matching Professional Development Fund (MPDF) up to $500.00 within two years of Chapter affiliation date. (Note: Chapters have no legal or financial connection to National ASLTA for purposes of 501©3 status, tax exemption or insurance)
- New Chapters receive a Start-Up Kit which includes a video “ASLTA Evaluation & Certification.”
- National ASLTA may send a board member to the newly affiliated Chapter during the first year to: award affiliation, share National ASLTA issues, progress and plans, develop a two (2) year strategic plan, member recruitment and share regional concerns with National ASLTA.
To register for a new ASLTA Chapter, you must:
1) Make sure the primary contact person of the proposed new chapter has current ASLTA membership.
2) Contact the ASLTA Chapter Affiliation Director to discuss policies and requirements.
3) Complete the Chapter Registration Application by clicking the red button below.
4) If your chapter is approved, you will receive a new ASLTA-domain email address to be used for all chapter business (example email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
5) If your chapter is approved, you will need to pay a one-time only Chapter Affiliation Fee of $100.00. You will receive instructions how to pay this fee. Chapter dues of $50.00 must be paid beginning the following year after becoming an approved chapter.