NSSLHA National Programs and Activities
NSSLHA has implemented the following programs and activities to enhance the academic, pre-professional development, and networking experiences for students in communication sciences and disorders:
Charge Up Your Chapter Campaign
The NSSLHA Executive Council is rewarding achievement among its local chapters for actively engaging in NSSLHA or ASHA national programs or events.
Community Service Grants
The NSSLHA Executive Council established a grant award program to fund local chapters that wish to provide resources to nonprofit organizations that assist others living with a communication disorder. NSSLHA chapters in good standing are eligible to receive matching funds assistance up to $1,000 to purchase equipment (e.g., AAC devices, computers and/or peripheral computer devices) or other materials (e.g., clinical tests, software) to donate to a nonprofit organization.
CSD Career Awareness Events
We know how rewarding a career in communication science can be and we want our local chapters to share your passion for this profession with other students. NSSLHA and ASHA are working together to promote the professions to students. Access free resources to host a CSD Career Awareness event on your campus or in the local community, or use the calendar of events to locate CSD Career Awareness activities in your community.
The NSSLHA Experience at the ASHA Convention
The ASHA Annual Convention is a great opportunity for students and professionals to meet for discussions, workshops, and the presentations of papers and informal talks. In addition, students can participate in NSSLHA-sponsored activities, events developed by the student leaders serving on the NSSLHA Executive Council.
NSSLHA Honors Program
The NSSLHA Executive Council annually recognizes individuals or NSSLHA chapters who make a significant contribution to furthering the Association's mission. NSSLHA and ASHA members and local NSSLHA chapters may submit a nomination for the following NSSLHA Honors:
- The Honors of NSSLHA (the highest honor bestowed by the Association)
- CICSD Editor's Award (selected by the NSSLHA Editor)
- Chapter Advisor Honors
- Chapter Honors
- Member Honors
NSSLHA Loves Campaign
Annually, the NSSLHA Executive Council selects a national organization working on behalf of individuals living with communication disorders and facilitates a fundraising campaign through its local chapters and members.
Since the inception of the NSSLHA Loves program in 1990, NSSLHA has raised over $200,000 in support of national organizations improving the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders.
NSSLHA Scholarship Fund
The NSSLHA Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 through a collaboration with the ASHFoundation and the NSSLHA Executive Council. The annual scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate senior student who is pursuing a degree in communication sciences and disorders, with an active, national-level membership in NSSLHA, and who will begin graduate study in the fall of the current year.
McKinley Regional Project Grants
NSSLHA chapters in good standing are eligible to receive grants up to $1,000 to support educational, clinical, and professional development activities for students in communication science and disorders programs. Regional Project Funds should be used to enable NSSLHA members to expand their knowledge of the profession through the development of materials, conferences, workshops, and sessions.
Students learn how to advocate for issues relevant to the communication sciences field and for clients living with communication disorders. Participate in virtual advocacy or visit your representatives in the nation's capital during NSSLHA Day on Capitol Hill.
Student Leadership Opportunities
The NSSLHA Executive Council provides students with a national leadership opportunity and the chance to shape the future of the professions. In addition to serving on the governing body of NSSLHA students, the Executive Council:
- actively participate on the NSSLHA Executive Committee, Honors and Scholarship Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Student Affairs Committee, and Convention Committee;
- represent students and student concerns on ASHA boards and committees, including the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators, the Council for Clinical Certification, and the Multicultural Issues Board;
- present information and materials about NSSLHA at state association conventions, the Audiology Now! conference, the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), and at the National Black Association of Speech and Hearing (NBASLH).