Speech–language pathologists work with people from a wide range of backgrounds. As such, clinicians have an obligation to ensure that their assessment, consultation, and intervention services are equitable and bias-free for all their clients. Biases in professional service delivery can be intentional or unintentional, blatant or subtle, systemic or personal. To reduce or eliminate biases, clinicians must understand, respect, and respond appropriately to clientele from a wide range of sociocultural backgrounds, identify and remedy biases within service delivery, and provide client-centered and culturally relevant services. Likewise, Speech–Language pathologists have the right to enjoy a bias-free work experience.

Sociocultural Factors

Human beings are complex and come from a range of backgrounds that influence personal beliefs, actions, and social interactions. This is true for both clients and Speech–Language ...

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