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National Student Speech-Hearing-Language Association

Duquesne University Chapter


What is NSSLHA?

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA niss-la or nish-la) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. NSSLHA is a student organized and student run organization. Involvement in NSSLHA provides opportunities for students to interact with others interested in the fields of speech-language pathology and/or audiology, to do volunteer work, and to explore issues that affect them as students and pre-professionals.

NSSLHA was created in 1972 to meet student's desires to have a closer affiliation with professionals in the field of Communication Disorders. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the discipline’s national organization, ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). Currently, NSSLHA has over 18,000 members and chapters in more than 285 colleges and universities.

NSSLHA Mission Statement

"The mission of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is to benefit its members by continually improving its support, promotion, and advocacy of the highest quality preparation of professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology and speech and hearing science."

For more information about NSSLHA visit their web site.

What is ASHA?

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. ASHA is the guiding force behind curriculum standards and all professional standards in our field. It grants the accreditation earned in school and official CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence). ASHA’s vision is “to make effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.”

ASHA Mission Statement

“The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.”

For more information about ASHA visit their web site.