ECHO: Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing

ECHO: Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing is an international, peer-reviewed e-journal concerning communication and communication disorders within and among the social, cultural and linguistically diverse populations, with an emphasis on those populations who are underserved.

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ECHO - Current Issue & Archive

Volume 11, Number 2 Summer 2016 posted 8/31/2016
Volume 11, Number 1 Summer 2016
 posted 7/15/2016
2016 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/27/2016

Volume 10, Number 2 Fall 2015 posted1/18/2016
Volume 10, Number 1 Summer 2015 posted 8/1/2015
2015 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 7/20/2015

Volume 9, Number 2 Winter 2014 posted 1/16/2015
2014 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 8/25/2014
Volume 9, Number 1 Spring 2014 posted 5/16/2014

Volume 8, Number 2 Fall 2013 posted 11/12/2013
Volume 8, Number 1 Spring 2013 posted 6/25/2013
2013 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/7/2013

Volume 7, Number 2 Fall 2012 posted 12/29/2012
2012 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 8/24/2012
Volume 7, Number 1 Spring 2012 posted 6/14/2012

Volume 6, Number 2 Fall 2011 posted 12/30/2011
2011 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/24/2011
Volume 6, Number 1 Spring 2011 posted 3/4/2011

2010 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 12/02/2010

Volume 5, Number 1 Spring 2010 posted 6/15/2010

Volume 4, Number 1 Spring 2009 posted 3/5/2009

Volume 3, Number 2 Fall 2007 posted 10/15/2007
Volume 3, Number 1 Spring 2007 posted 3/7/07

Volume 2, Number 1 Fall 2006 posted 8/31/06

Volume 1, Number 2 Fall 2005
Volume 1, Number 1 Spring 2005


About The Journal

ECHO is an international, peer-reviewed journal that welcomes submissions concerning communication and communication disorders from practitioners, researchers, or scholars that comprise diverse racial and ethic backgrounds, as well as academic orientations.

The journal welcomes submissions from professionals or scholars interested in communication breakdown and/or communication disorders in the context of the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity within and among countries around the world. It is especially focused on those populations where diagnostic and intervention services are limited and/or are often provided services which are not culturally appropriate. It is expected that scholars in those areas could include, but not limited to, speech-language pathology, audiology, psychology, linguistics, and sociology.”

Articles can cover to any aspect of child or adult language communication and swallowing, including prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and environmental modifications. Special issues of the journal concerning a specific topic may also be suggested by an author or initiated by the editor.

Guidelines for Authors

Topics accepted for publication in ECHO could include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Communication breakdowns among persons due to culture, age, race, background, education, or social status.
  • Use of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework to describe communication use and disorders among the world’s populations.
  • Communication disorders in underserved or marginalized populations around the world.
  • Service delivery frameworks for countries’ minority populations, including those who are minorities for a variety of reasons including race, religion, or primary language spoken.
  • Dialectical differences and their effects on communication among populations.
  • Evidence base practice research with culturally and linguistic diverse populations.
  • Provision of communication services in low income/resource countries.
  • Provision of communication services in middle income/resource countries.
  • Provision of communication services to immigrant and/or refuge populations.
  • Effects of poverty on communication development and the provision of services.
  • Education/training issues in serving diverse populations.
  • Ethical issues in serving diverse populations.
  • Role of religion in views of communication disability and its effect on service delivery.

Submissions may include:

  • research papers using quantitative or qualitative methodology
  • theoretical discussion papers
  • works using disability frameworks or models
  • critical clinical literature reviews
  • tutorials
  • clinical forums
  • description of clinical programs
  • scientifically conducted program evaluations demonstrating effectiveness of clinical protocols
  • case studies
  • letters to the editor.

Manuscript Submissions

All manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter (e-mail) in which the corresponding author: Requests that the manuscript be considered for publication; Affirms that the manuscript has not been published previously, including in an electronic form; Affirms that the manuscript is not currently submitted elsewhere; Affirms that all applicable research adheres to the basic ethical considerations for the protection of human or animal participants in research; Notes the presence or absence of a dual commitment; Affirms that permission has been obtained to include any copyrighted material in the paper; and Supplies his or her business address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically and should follow the style and preparation presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (fifth edition, 2001; see Journal for exceptions to APA style). Particular attention should be paid to the citing of references, both in the text and on the reference page.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries should be addressed to: nbaslh@nbaslh.org.