New Relationship for NSSLHA, ASHA The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is being fully integrated with ASHA, as part of an agreement between its Executive Council and the ASHA Board of Directors. “For students, the result will be a stronger student-led organization, new opportunities for student participation, and a direct voice in ASHA ... ASHA News
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New Relationship for NSSLHA, ASHA
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ASHA News   |   February 01, 2012
New Relationship for NSSLHA, ASHA
The ASHA Leader, February 2012, Vol. 17, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.17022012.8
The ASHA Leader, February 2012, Vol. 17, 8. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.17022012.8
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is being fully integrated with ASHA, as part of an agreement between its Executive Council and the ASHA Board of Directors.
“For students, the result will be a stronger student-led organization, new opportunities for student participation, and a direct voice in ASHA governance,” said Shelly Chabon, 2012 ASHA president. “For ASHA members, a more vibrant student organization will strengthen the professions and help ASHA continue to grow and improve,” she added.
Though NSSLHA and ASHA have always worked closely together, NSSLHA previously maintained a separate financial and governance structure. Under the new integrated model, NSSLHA will remain a student-led and separate 501(c)3 organization, but will operate under the fiscal auspices of ASHA.
A NSSLHA Board of Directors will be formed that includes student, ASHA, and academic representation.
In addition, the integration agreement calls for a NSSLHA national advisor on the ASHA Board of Directors, with full voting rights. This position will allow students’ perspectives to be represented in deliberation and decision-making within ASHA. Planning and consideration of NSSLHA programs and services will continue to be the responsibility of the NSSLHA Council.
NSSLHA and ASHA will work collaboratively in 2012 to merge the best of the old structure into this new integrated model. By 2013, ASHA and NSSLHA will initiate a program to make the transition to ASHA membership as seamless and cost-beneficial for students as possible.
NSSLHA and ASHA also will work together to establish a new membership structure to broaden participation of all students in the field of communication sciences and disorders.
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