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1 You Mean There Is A National NSSLHA!! Understanding the difference between local and national membership

2 What is NSSLHA? The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association is a pre-professional association for students interested in the study of communication science and disorders. NSSLHA began in 1972 through a merger of Sigma Alpha Eta (a speech honor society) and the ASHA Journal Group to provide pre-professional resources to students to prepare them for careers as professional audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech-hearing scientists.

3 Important Facts about NSSLHA Beginning January 2012 NSSLHA is an AFFILIATE ASSOCIATION of ASHA. NSSLHA has a shared working relationship with ASHA but is not governed by ASHA. NSSLHA is governed by 22 STUDENTS and 4 FACULTY/ASHA members that serve as consultants.

4 NSSLHA Membership Any student with an interest in the communication sciences and their related disorders may apply for national membership in NSSLHA. National membership is available to audiology majors and SLP majors. National membership is available to full- and part-time students. National membership is available to undergraduate and graduate students. National membership is available to students enrolled in an assistant programs or to students in a doctoral program.

5 NSSLHA’s By the Numbers There are over 12,000 members in NSSLHA. There are 315 local chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Greece. 97% of NSSLHA members are graduate students.

6 Local Chapters The National Office has granted graduate and undergraduate programs the authority to operate independent and autonomous chapters. Local chapters are required to maintain separate by-laws from the national association. Local chapters are required to have their own 501 c 3 (non-profit) status.

7 Local Chapters Local chapters elect their officers. Local chapters are required to recertify annually with the national association. Local chapters must have an advisor that is a member of ASHA and officers that have national membership.

8 What is the difference between local and national membership? Local Membership Gives you membership in the local chapter only! Is a different and separate cost from national membership. The cost to join is determined by the local chapter. May be necessary to receive local chapter benefits. National Membership Qualifies you to receive national benefits: Online Journal Access Liability Insurance Convention Discount Conversion Discount $10 Special Interest Group Membership Eligibility for national leadership positions on the Executive Council Eligibility for Honors Costs $60 to join

9 What is the difference between local and national membership? Local Membership Apply through your local NSSLHA chapter! Allows you to vote for local chapter officers. National Membership Apply online through the NSSLHA Website. Provides you with a national membership card and an account number that will be assigned to you throughout your affiliation with the profession. Allows you to vote in national elections.

10 Should become a local member or a national member? It’s better to have membership in BOTH! There is strength in numbers! As a member of you are a better advocate for the profession. As a member you are a better student. As a member you have access to information, people and resources.

11 How do I join? Applying for national membership is easy: Apply online.online Call the Action Center at Ask a representative in your local chapter to provide information on how to join.

12 More Information The NSSLHA Website Your Regional Councilor Representative. Your local chapter officers and advisor.


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