Facebook page: www.facebook.com/northcarolina.hearing
Established: March 20, 1954
Contact: Louise Raleigh, president, firstname.lastname@example.org
How are you making a difference in your members' lives?
The North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language
Association's mission is to promote the professional practice of the speech, language and hearing sciences, advocate for its members and the profession, and work to ultimately enhance the lives of people with communication impairments in North Carolina. Through NCSHLA, professionals from across the state can network, build relationships and share information in a variety of ways.
NCSHLA monitors the environments in which SLPs and
audiologists work—as well as the laws, policies and guidelines that govern
their practice—to facilitate improved working conditions, eliminate barriers to
effective service provision and increase opportunities for clinicians to grow
professionally. Through workplace and specialty-based professional practice
caucuses, members develop the association's policies. Our executive director is also the government affairs liaison, an ever-vigilant presence in the state legislature and the ombudsman for issues affecting the membership.
NCSHLA continually tracks issues at the state and national
levels and notifies members via print and electronic media on developments that
affect their practices. Our quarterly online newsletter features articles
related to the professions, updates on professional issues and events, board
and committee reports, product and service announcements, and employment
opportunities. NCHSLA also holds a spring convention and a fall conference
What is the most challenging situation for your members?
One of the greatest challenges is maintaining corporate
compliance with Medicaid and Medicare rules. NCSHLA often features Medicaid
workshops to help attendees meet compliance challenges.
What is your association's proudest accomplishment?
The association is immensely proud of its groundbreaking
work in the training, supervision and use of speech-language pathology
assistants. In concert with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, NCSHLA:
- Defined the role of SLPAs.
- Created a curriculum for obtaining an associate's degree.
- Developed a registration examination for entry into the
- Issued a letter supporting Medicaid reimbursement for
services provided by SLPAs under the supervision of licensed SLPs.
- Set requirements for registration with the Board of
Examiners as codified by state law.
NCSHLA remains the point of contact for questions about SLPA
training, and SLPA competency test results are sent directly to NCSHLA. The
North Carolina Association of Supervisors in Speech-Language Pathology and
Audiology, an affiliate organization of NCSHLA, has been instrumental in
developing and providing training statewide in the supervision of SLPAs and
published "The SLP Assistant Supervisor's Companion" in 2002. NCSHLA is especially proud of its collaborative relationship with NCASSPA and the Board of Examiners.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association's history and how did it come about?
The spring convention in 2004 was a hallmark celebration of
NCSHLA's 50th anniversary. It was held at the famous Grove Park Inn in Asheville, with three of the original founding members in attendance. It was a fitting tribute to the rich history, longevity and viability of the organization.
Please share a successful advocacy or recruitment strategy.
NCSHLA holds a biannual invitation-only leadership summit to
recruit new members to the organization and encourage current members to step
into leadership roles.
What should every communication sciences and disorders
professional in the state know about your association?
We need them as members and active participants for the
association to maintain its track record of success for another 50 years.
Strong volunteer participation in the management and operation of the
organization is crucial.