The mission of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is to serve as leaders in community service activities that benefit those affected by speech, language, or hearing difficulties. We provide support for one another as we pursue a common goal of becoming professionals in the field of Communication Science and Disorders. (The photo to the right shows students Amanda Collette, Lauren Cassidy and Stacy Pinkham at the fall Fluency Workshop.)
NSSLHA work with the department, the university, as well as the national organization as a whole. Our chapter of NSSLHA has been very busy this year! We worked at the the department’s fluency workshop this fall, by mailing out information on the event, staffing the registration table, selling literature and material on fluency and by staffing the refreshment tables.
We also hosted a Panel Night as a way to introduce those students interested in the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology to professionals in the field. Students were able to meet and ask questions of professionals who work in various settings in the field of speech language pathology in the area. NSSLHA also provides the Maine Speech Language and Hearing Association with liaisons for their guest speakers for their two annual conferences held each fall and spring. During the summer NSSLHA volunteered at the Special Olympics as part of Healthy Hearing conducting hearing tests for the athletes. Every year NSSLHA raises money for an organization called Smile Train, which provides cleft palate surgeries to those who cannot afford it. This year NSSLHA raised a record amount of money, covering the cost of three cleft palate surgeries. This year NSSLHA adapted two families for the holidays and provided their children with books for them to read. We also provide seasonal goody bags to clients who come to our clinic. We will be having a hearing aid drive this semester to collect hearing aids to be cleaned and repaired and sent to those who can not afford them. This semester we will also be having our annual Uno’s fundraiser to raise money for the organization as a whole. NSSLHA also holds different socials for students in the field allowing them the chance to get together and have fun.