Founded in 1972, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of human communication and related disabilities. A faculty member, appointed by the department chair, serves as sponsor of the group.

NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

NSSLHA has approximately 11,000 members with chapters in 300 colleges and universities.

NSSLHA’s mission is to promote unity and fellowship among the students in the Department of Communicative Disorders as well as sponsor professional development opportunities for these students. NSSLHA members participate in fund raising activities each year. Every summer the organization sponsors The Cooper Lecture Series in Communicative Disorders, which is a one day continuing education event open to the university and professional community as well as students. During the semester, various workshops are held covering topics of interest to students preparing to enter the profession of speech-language pathology. Students often attend conferences, such as the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Students involved in NSSLHA have an opportunity to develop leadership skills. The activities sponsored by the organization help students mature professionally. The success of the organization is directly related to the commitment of the membership. All students are strongly encouraged to join.

Who Is Eligible to Join?

NSSLHA membership is available to full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students and full-time doctoral students interested in the study of human communication and related disabilities.

Students joining the local chapter of NSSLHA are not members of national NSSLHA and are not eligible to receive benefits of national membership.

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