February 2012
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2011-2012 MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly

MSHA Executive Board:

Richard Merson
Deanna Klein
Elaine Ledwon-Robinson
Maureen Staskowski
Sherry Riedel
VP For Advocacy:
Julie Pratt
VP for Membership:
Gordon Krainen
VP for Professional Development and Education:
Jan McCosky
VP-Elect for Professional Development and Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel
VP for Audiology Services:
Margot Beckerman
VP for Public Relations:
Melissa Witsil
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Bev Jaynes
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Ellen Gehl and
Lindsey Halpin


MSHA Advisory Assembly

Angelique Boerst
Communications and Networking:
Patty Repka
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis
Ethics and Standards:
Robin Pollens
Student Affairs:
Erica Osborn
Theresa Sutton - Southeast
Jonathan Moyle - Southwest
Jill Matthews - Northwest
Suzanne Coughlin-Woods - Northeast
Kristen Miller - Upper Peninsula
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Sarah Pray

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Hockey Game to Benefit MSHF

Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHF Board

All MSHA Members, MSHA Students, and their Families and Friends are Invited!

The Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Team has teamed up with the MSHFoundation for 2 upcoming games and $2 from each ticket will benefit MSHA & the MSHF.  Here are the details:

When:   Friday, March 30, 2012 and/or Friday, April 13, 2012

Where:  Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fuller, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

What:  $14 for lower level and $12 ticket prices for upper level, and $2 of each ticket comes back to MSHA and MSHF.

AND:  $1 Concession specials of $1 Beers and $1 Hot Dogs from 6-8 pm

How:  Purchase your tickets online:  

1).  Log on  to www.griffinshockey.com/promocode

2).  Enter promo code:  slh

3).  Both games will show up and you make your selection on which game - then select your seats and make your purchase.

For questions or if you have a group of 10 or more, please contact Andrew Rubinstein at 616/774-4585 ext. 3023.

You can buy tickets anytime - we will also have info and flyers available at the MSHA Conference.  During each  game a message will scroll across the scoreboard welcoming all MSHA members/students and friends and family to the game. 

The Grand Rapids Griffins Team is the Affiliate to the Detroit Red Wings. They are an exciting team to watch and they play in a beautiful arena in downtown Grand Rapids.  We are excited about this event and look forward to a big MSHA participation!

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Volume 35 Number Two February 2012

This is the newsletter of the:

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W. Lake Lansing Rd. 
Suite 500-A
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
email address: msha@att.net
Website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org


Licensing Applications Available Now

Stephanie Johnson, Capitol Services, Inc.

  The Speech-Language Pathology license application is now online and many of you have begun the process. A link to the LARA website to download the application when available is: http://www.michigan.gov/lara

   During the upcoming MSHA Conference we will have a MSHA Member Services booth in the Exhibition Hall where we will have information about the licensing process, fingerprinting, and many other questions that we've been asked by members as they begin this process.  The MSHA Advocacy committee has met to discuss some of these questions and to develop a "Question and Answer" sheet for MSHA members and conference attendees.

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MAC on M.A.C. October 25-27, 2012 at the Marriott in East Lansing

Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A, Advisory Assembly/Audiology

  The Audiology Committee is looking forward to the annual MSHA conference. This year’s program has many presentations which are of interest to anyone working with children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Highlights include presentations by Carol Flexer, the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Team and audiology committee members, Kate Salathiel and Kate Bolt. We hope to see you there!

CSHCS updates:

   The Medicaid Policy “Coverage of Cochlear Implants and Auditory Osseointegrated Implants” was open for public comment last October. MSHA provided comments related to this policy. It is anticipated to be in effect very soon. Once in place, this policy will provide coverage for bilateral cochlear implants or unilateral cochlear implant with contralateral hearing aid. Also included in this policy are guidelines for use of auditory osseointegrated devices (i.e.  Baha, Symphonix). The MSHA audiology committee initiated a conversation with Medicaid policy makers over a year ago requesting policy guidelines for this technology. We are very excited to see these efforts result in policy changes.

   On April 20th, the audiology committee is pleased to sponsor a half day workshop titled, Scaffolding for Success: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss. Presenters will include Jacqueline Kauffman, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at the University of Michigan and Aunita Erskine, CSHCS consultant.  Following the presentations we will have a department Open House at our new hospital.  Look for more information on the MSHA website in you are interested in attending.

Hope to see you at the 7th Annual Conference of the Michigan Audiology Coalition, October 25-27, 2012 at the East Lansing Marriott Hotel on 300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan. The Audiology committee is now working on securing our slate of speakers and we will let you know as soon as any information is available. The conference is co-sponsored by Michigan Academy of Audiology and MSHA. Check for updates at www.michiganaudiologycoalition.org

For the calendar:
April 20, 2012 – Scaffolding for Success: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss, University of Michigan Medical Center
October 25-26, 2012 – 7th Annual MAC on M.A.C. Conference, East Lansing Marriott

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News & Notes

Dawn Kutney, MSHA

Congratulations to ASHA ACE Winners

Congratulations to the following MSHA members who received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) during the period of July  through September 2011:

Kristin Hicks, Michigan State University
Kathryn Hilenbrand, Western Michigan University
Cheryl Lang, Detroit
Michael Macione, Jackson ISD
Claudia Marchildon, Providence Hospital
Dana Moody, Grand Blanc
Evelyn Sommerlot, Eaton ISD
Maureen Staskowski, Macomb ISD
Cindy Wilson, Innovative Hearing Services

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Save the Dates:

MSHA Future Conferences

The Program Committee is busy planning for future MSHA Conferences. Great conference rates are available now for the future, and we also know that booking the dates and sites in advance helps MSHA members to plan for years ahead.  Mark your calendars for these future dates/sites for MSHA:

2012:  March 22-24, 2012    Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel

2013:  March 21-23, 2013    The Henry Hotel, Dearborn

2014:  March 27-29, 2014    Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel

2015:  Open - Detroit Metro area

Here are some other important dates you may want to put on your calendars:

MSHA Audiology Committee Conference:  April 20, 2012
ASHA Schools Conference: July 27-29, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
M.A.C. on MAC:  Ocober 25-27, 2012, East Lansing Marriott Hotel
MSHA SLP HealthCare Services Conference:  November 1, 2012, Beamont Health Systems, Royal Oak
ASHA Covention:  November 15-17, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia

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Enjoy the rest of winter - spring is but weeks away!

From the President

Richard Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The Way Forward...Tried and True and Something New

   The MSHA Conference in Kalamazoo is just around the bend. We hope to show the Way Forward in our profession with a combination of the Tried & True seminars on Dysphagia, Literacy, Childhood Development, Phonologic Awareness, and Something New seminars on Cochlear Implants, Ethics & Counseling, and Problem Solving in School Age Stuttering.

   There is much more of course, enough to earn 20 CEU hours!  See the updates in this newsletter because we've added several sessions since you were mailed the January et cetera.

   We’ll provide an information booth in Exhibits to address our new Licensure in Speech–Language Pathology.  We will have info on fingerprinting, how to make application to the state, and other relevant questions. We will all have two years to obtain licensure.  On Friday during our Awards Luncheon we will honor Dr. Dorothea (Dodie) French as our 2012 recipient of MSHA Honors of the Association, our highest award given. Dr. French worked in Michigan for years and has made many contributions to MSHA in the area of education of the hearing impaired.  We will also present scholarships to some outstanding MSHA Student members and acknowledge many new young professionals who have received scholarships from the MSHFoundation.

   We’ll definitely have some serious fun with the widely traveled Crossroads Resurrection Band on Friday evening 7-10 p.m. Proceeds will go to the MSHFoundation.

   Finally, we will welcome our new MSHA President, Deanna Klein . Deanna will begin her term at the MSHA Conference this year and we’re proud she’ll lead way.

    See you in Kalamazoo!

 Richard M. Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA President

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MSHA Annual Conference March 22-24, 2012: Meet You in Kalamazoo!

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A, CCC-SLP and Jan McCosky, M.A.

MSHA Annual Conference
The Way Forward…Tried and True
and Something New

Join Us for the MSHA Annual Conference,
March 22-24, 2012
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan

   Registrations are coming in for the MSHA Annual Conference and the deadline to receive the Early Bird 25% discount is March 1, 2012.  All MSHA members should have received all the conference registration info in the January et cetera, and all the forms are available on-line as well at www.michiganspeechhearing.org

   The deadline to register for the Radisson Hotel is also March 1, 2012.  If you register by this date you will be sure to get the conference rate of $135 for a single or double room.  After that date your room is subject to availability and a higher room rate.  The hotel form is on the MSHA website as well.

   Since the Preliminary Program went to press, we have added several new sessions and meetings, and here they are by day:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

▲ Our 1-4:15 class: Counseling & Ethics, Managing Caseloads, and Difficult Conservations finalized speakers and they are:  Jaynee A. Handelsman, Ph.D., CCC-A, ASHA Fellow, Assistant Director of the Vestibular Center, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Health System; and Timothy G. Weise, M.A., CCC-SLP, Garden City Hospital, and member of the Michigan Board of Speech-Language Pathology. The Panel will include: Richard M. Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Beaumont Hospital, 2012 MSHA President; Robin Pollens, M.S., CCC-SLP, Western Michigan University, and MSHA Chair of the Committee for Ethics & Standards; and Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA President 2012-2013.

We added 2 meetings:

▲ University Directors & Chairs Meeting 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

▲ MSHF Board Meeting  4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Finally, the Thursday evening  Welcome Reception will be sponsored by Western Michigan University, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and MSHA, and we invite all to attend to relax and enjoy the beginning of the MSHA Conference.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.  So join us on Thursday, March 22, from 8:30 - 10:30 pm,  in Meadows, at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo.

Friday, March 23, 2012

▲ A new class has been added for Friday afternoon:  New Tools for Assessing Spoken and Written Language: Implications for Knowing What to Do Next featuring speakers: Nickola W. Nelson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow; Michele A. Anderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; and Barbara M. Howes, Ph.D., MSW, Western Michigan University. 

Spoken and written language modalities are thoroughly intertwined in the school-age years. Sound/word structure knowledge, accompanied by knowledge of morphology and vocabulary awareness can influence speech perception and production, as well as reading decoding and writing. Sentence/discourse knowledge can influence listening and reading comprehension and oral and written expression across the curriculum, as well as participation in social interactions. Identifying students who need intervention requires screening, often accompanied by early intervening services (response-to-intervention). Individualized assessment remains an important piece of the service delivery puzzle. In this session, participants will learn about an evidence-based student rating scale for completion by parents, teachers, and students, with implications for screening and school-home communication about children’s spoken and written language abilities. They also will learn how a new curriculum-related Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) may inform decisions about “next steps” for curriculum-based language assessment and intervention. Case study data will be used to show participants how to analyze and interpret subtest results for diagnostic and intervention planning purposes.

TILLS Focus Group: Dr. Nickola Nelson, one of the authors of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) and Dr. Michele Anderson, project coordinator, are hosting a 4:30 pm gathering for former and current test administrators of the research edition of TILLS and anyone interested in learning more about becoming a test administrator (under Grant R324A100354 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences to Western Michigan University). Refreshments will be served. A status update of the 4-year project (currently in its second year) will be provided, followed by a focus group discussion, and a time for general questions and answers.

The following committee meetings were added:

TILLS: 4:30 Prairies 4-5
Public School Committee: 4:45, in Glens 1
SLP Healthcare: 4:45, in Meadows Room

And finally, the following Poster Sessions have been added:

Social Competence and Language Ability in
School-Age Children

Presenters: Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Stacy DePree, B.A.; Brian Grysen; Kimberly Stover; Alyssa Toma; Nichole Wrona, B.A; and Sarah Rietema, all from Grand Valley State University

iPads and Proloquo2GO in the Clinical Speech and Language Setting
Presenters: McLaine Mast, B.S., and Ann C. Orr, Ed.D., Eastern Michigan University

Perceptions of University Instructors Toward Students Who Stutter: Survey Data
Presenters: Ashley Gutowski, M.A., Courtney Gutowski, B.A., and Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Wayne State University

Champion Readers Workshop
Presenters: Linda Weaver, B.A., and Janice Wilks, M.A., Comprehensive Therapy Center; Kerri Smoes, Grand Valley State University; Margaret Martin, Washington University; and Jean Silbar, M.A.,CCC-SLP, Comprehensive Therapy Center.

Read to Me – Lea a Me
Kerri Smoes and Marceline Mason, Grand Valley State University; Margaret Martin, Washington University; and Jean Silbar, M.A., CCC-SLP, Comprehensive Therapy Center

Dealing with African American Vernacular English Dialectal Differences: How Teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists Can Level the Playing Field
Presenters: Sarah Naples, and Catherine Hicks-Kennard, Ph.D., Central Michigan University

Computer-Based Gesture Language
Presenters: Danielle Largent, Alexandria Wride Johnson, and John B. Eulenberg, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Reducing Participation Restrictions in the Community for Those with Aphasia
Presenters: Sally Jakeway, B.A., Mehreen Kakwan, B.S., Sandra Jurado, B.A., Tricia Boyer, B.F.A., and John Tonkovich, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Eastern Michigan University

Familial Similarities in the Acoustic Vowel Quadrilateral
Presenters: Rebecca Beebe, Thomas Beebe, and Beth Macauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Grand Valley State University.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

▲ A new class has been added, 9:30 - 10:30 am:  Using Apps in Speech and Language Therapy featuring speaker Ellen Gehl, M.A CCC-SLP, Ingham ISD.

This session will briefly look at ways to incorporate an iPod or iPad into speech and language therapy. iPad management tips will be shared, along with internet resources for finding apps, app reviews and bargain shopping for apps. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion of apps that they are finding useful. Be sure to bring your iPad or iPod and get ready to download new apps!

▲ Public School Forum Luncheon as scheduled: This year we will have as our guest speakers Amanda Mangas, MOT, OTRL; and Ashley Martindale, COTAL, both Occupational Therapists for the Center for Therapeutic Learning and Communication. They will instruct the participants about sensory integration and effective treatment strategies for both the home and classroom environment.

▲ Medical SLP Forum Luncheon finalized their agenda:  Going Mobile is the theme of this year’s Medical SLP Forum with guest presenter Lisa G. Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP, Communicating Solutions, LLC. Ms. Bardach specializes in Augmentative Communication and has presented nationally and internationally including MSHA
and ASHA. Join us as she takes us into the world of using commercially available devices for special needs. Pariticipants will learn the difference between the Apple and Android platforms and about the basic variety of apps currently available for both platforms. How these apps can be utilized in treatment for communication needs will be explored.

We are excited about the entire MSHA Conference and the complete Conference Program is on our website as well as all the forms you need to attend.  Contact the MSHA office at 517.332.5691 if you have any questions or visit the website at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

Remember:  Download your own copies of speaker handouts!  Most of our Speaker handouts are already on our website.  We put them on as they come in.

See you in March!

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MSHF Concert to Feature Popular Band

Fran Eldis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A

   The MSHF Board is excited about our concert planned for Friday, March 23, 2012, as part of the MSHA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo.  The band Crossroads Resurrection will be performing for us from 7-10 PM, in the Arcadia Ballroom 2 at the Radisson Hotel.  Remember it's only $10 at the door! 

   Plans are under way for MSHF’s Annual Silent Auction.  This popular event is alot of fun and some great deals have been bought such as condo time-shares, golf bags, and artwork.  Think about things you might donate for this event. Restaurant gift certificates are always welcome as are books, specialty baskets, university spirit gifts, crafts, art work, etc.  Many thanks to those who continue to donate wonderful gifts.  Remember, your donations are tax deductible!

   We look forward to seeing everyone at the MSHA Annual Conference in Kalamazoo in March!

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Save the Date for our First Fall Conference

Bev Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for SLP Healthcare

You Don't Have to Know Everything to Do Something: Using Mobile Technology in the Treatment of Adults and Children

Carolyn Doty at MSHA 2011    The Health Care Services Committee is pleased to announce its first Fall Program event to be held Thursday evening November 1, 2012,  4:00 - 7:30 pm, at Beaumont Health System, Main Campus, Royal Oak, Michigan. You Don't Have to Know Everything to Do Something conference will feature speakers Lisa G. Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP, Communicating Solutions LLC, and Patricia Nizio, M.A., CCC-SLP, Children's Hospital of Michigan. .3 CEUs are available, and the cost is $40 for MSHA members and $55 for non-MSHA members. Further details will be available through MSHA.  

   The Clinical Service Award is on hiatus. The committee is in the process of re-envisioning how this award might better be defined, promoted and administered. As originally designed, though it was not our intention, the application reads as if it is intended for a whole program or department. Sue Tranquilla and Karen Al-Saadi have started the process to help this award be focused on individual SLPs. We  expect this process to be completed  late in 2012.

   There have been many changes in reimbursement this year, some to our benefit, others not. We celebrate with the private practice SLPs who are going through the process of obtaining the credentials that will allow them to bill Blue Cross-Blue Shield. We are pleased with the Medicaid Outpatient Therapy changes for children, allowing up to 36 visits in one year without prior authorization for those first 36 visits. On the other hand, there remain problems with getting some voice and laryngectomee services covered. And on it goes.

    Tim Weise continues to be MSHA’s STAR AND SMAC representative to ASHA. Sometimes the questions you forward to me are shared with Tim for his insights. Thanks, Tim.

   At this time I would like to express my thanks to my Co-Chair Carolyn Doty and the committee members: Karen Al-Saadi, Lisa Bardach, Ann Comstock, Julie Eaman, Margaret Tiner, Maria McElmeel, and Sue Tranquilla. Without their efforts, the conference speakers, the new fall event and the redesigning for the future would not be possible. We invite you to attend a meeting or two when you can: perhaps you will find you would like to contribute, even if it is only occasionally. Please look for us at Conference.

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MSHA as Professional Insurance

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

MSHA as Professional Insurance - Membershp Report

   When I think about belonging to MSHA, it brings to mind topics like one’s yearly physical or maybe that insurance premium that comes due. Maybe you don’t need it at that moment, things are going along well, why pay another bill? But when that one aggravating problem emerges, boy are you glad you had that physical checkup and thank goodness your insurance is in place. You may not always need MSHA at this moment, maybe you can’t make it to our wonderful conference, maybe you have a job that is ideal, and maybe your school caseload is just right. However, there may be times when MSHA will come to your aid when you most need it. You were laid off and need connections to find a new one. Your caseload size is zooming out of control and you are frazzled. You can’t believe what cuts have been made to the benefits for the communicatively impaired by the state legislature. You feel isolated from all the other professionals who do exactly what you do. Maybe all you want to do is talk to another professional about a tough case you are dealing with.

  MSHA can be there for you, all you have to do is utilize what we have to offer. We have a professional lobbyist monitoring bills in the legislature that affect you. We appreciate input from the membership about what is important to address. We have the brightest and most talented professionals in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology as members to use as resources of information and support.

   Need help finding a job? It’s much easier when you are connected with your fellow professionals. You may find they know a friend who needs help contact them, they’ll give you a personal reference. You won’t have to feel isolated if you are a sole practitioner in a school or health care facility if you have MSHA on your side. If you are reading this, I am probably preaching to the choir about MSHA, but there are too many practitioners in this state who do not belong.

   Would you take the time to invite them to join? I joined MSHA at the suggestion of a colleague years ago. I have found my professional life much improved by the association. It is my hope and the rest of the MSHA board that you do also. Please contact us if you have any concerns or better yet, ideas and suggestions of what you would like to have us do. That way MSHA can work for you and you will be an integral part of MSHA. MSHA is a modern day bargain, for about the same price as a tank of gas these days, you have a great professional insurance policy. Now go filler up!

Gordon Krainen, VP for Membership

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MSHA By-Laws & Code of Ethics Modification Proposed

Elaine Ledwon-Robinson

MSHA Code of Ethics Modification Proposed:

Please review the proposed modification of the MSHA Code of Ethics, for passage at the March 23 MSHA Business Meeting:

In the Preamble it should state: It is the responsibility of each member to advise the appropriate governing board of instances of violation of the principles incorporated in the code.  It currently reads: it is the responsibility of each member to advise the Ethics and Standards Committee of instances of violation of the principles incorporated in the code."    The change is proposed because the Ethics & Standards Committee is not a reporting committee.  The governing board could potentially be ASHA Board, Michigan Licensure Board, Board of Audiology, etc.

MSHA By-Laws Modification Proposed:

Please review the proposed modification of Article I, Section V, for passage at the March 23 MSHA Business Meeting:

All members of MSHA have an obligation to report unethical conduct to the ASHA Ethics Board and/or Michigan Licensure Board. If a MSHA member has questions regarding ethical principles, the MSHA Committee on Ethics may be consulted for resources to clarify the questions.

If the Executive Board of MSHA is aware that a member of MSHA has been sanctioned by ASHA Ethics Board or Michigan State Licensure Board, the MSHA Executive Board can choose by a 2/3 vote to reduce the member’s status from active membership to associate membership, or revocation of membership, for the duration of the sanction. In the event such a vote is taken, the Executive Board will prepare a formal letter 1) acknowledging awareness of this sanction and stating the outcome of the MSHA Executive Board vote, and 2) recommending MSHA and ASHA resources for continued professional development in the area of ethical practice.

If a member of the Executive Board has been sanctioned by the ASHA Ethics Board or Michigan State Licensure Board, the Executive Board can chose, by a 2/3 vote, to revoke the member’s status as a board member to an associate membership (without voting rights) for the duration of the sanction. 

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et cetera - February 2012

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