About National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

National NSSLHA has approximately 13,400 members with chapters at more than 325 colleges and universities. NSSLHA membership is available to any part- or full-time graduate or undergraduate student interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Students pursuing academic study as speech-language pathology assistants, students pursuing a doctorate of philosophy or doctorate of audiology, as well as students enrolled in CSD programs outside of the United States can be members of National NSSLHA.

Mission Statement

National NSSLHA inspires, empowers, and supports students in the field of CSD to engage in leadership opportunities, grow professionally, and excel in their futures.

Core Values

National NSSLHA's core values are:

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Education
  • Service
  • Diversity


National NSSLHA is the premier and preferred resource for students in the discipline of CSD. Professionals are moving the field forward as a result of their mentorship and involvement in National NSSLHA.

2016–2018 Strategic Plan

National NSSLHA's 2016–2018 Strategic Plan [PDF] provides more information about the organization's goals, objectives, and strategic initiatives.