About NSLHA

Mission

NSLHA members represent speech-language pathologists, audiologists and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (expressive language). Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems. Hearing loss is determined by three categories: type of hearing loss; degree of hearing loss; configuration of hearing loss. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders, as well as providing audiologic treatment.

NSLHA's mission is to promote services for speech, language, hearing, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska; to encourage education and research activities; and to advocate for the rights of persons with communication disorders.

NSLHA Fall Road Shows

All audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students are invited to attend free road shows around Nebraska in October 2016. Nebraska state senators will be speaking. See list of presenters below. The road shows will focus on education and information about legislative issues; help address the needs of audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students; and provide information about how citizen advocacy and relationship building with state senators makes a difference. Come prepared to share feedback on professional issues that you are facing. This feedback will be used in an effort to work with Nebraska’s legislators to minimize the impact of these issues on your profession and enhance programs, services and support provided for you.

View the registration brochure or register online.

Road Show Schedule

October 5, 2016 Region 6 Road Show at ESU #13 office at 4215 Avenue I in Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Presenters: Senator John Stinner, District 48; Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 6, 2016 Region 5 Road Show at ESU #16 Office at 1221 W 17th St in North Platte, Nebraska

Presenters: Senator Mike Groene, District 42: Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 12, 2016 Region 4 Road Show at CHI St. Francis Conference Room 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska

Presenters: Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 13, 2016 Region 1 Road Show at Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus in the 230/231 Combined OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms in Omaha, Nebraska

Presenters: Senator Brett Lindstrom, District #18; Senator Robert Hilkemann, District #4; Senator Merv Riepe, District #12; Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 19, 2016 Region 2 Road Show at Lincoln Public Schools District office (ESU # 18) at 5905 O Street in Lincoln, Nebraska

Presenters: Senator Roy Baker, District #30; Senator Kate Bolz, District #29 - Appropriations; Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, District #28; Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 20, 2016 Region 3 Road Show at the Columbus Wellness Center at 3912 38th Street, Suite A in Columbus, Nebraska

Presenters: Senator Paul Schumacher, District #22; Rich Lombardi and Eric Gerrard, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

What We Do

The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA) is a state trade association and leading organization in Nebraska for audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students. NSLHA's focus includes:

  1. Promoting services for speech, language hearing, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska. This is accomplished through activities including: a Better Hearing and Speech Month proclamation ceremony at the state capitol, disseminating press releases, and use of social media to educate caregivers and family members.

  2. Encouraging education, service, and research activities within the speech, language and hearing professions leading to further understanding of the processes of speech, language, and hearing and to the development of improved preventive and remedial services and procedures. This is accomplished through activities including: an annual convention in the fall with numerous continuing education sessions on topics for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, a spring education event with continuing education, and promoting participation in research studies conducted by students and faculty that advance speech-language-hearing processes and practices.

  3. Promoting the effective exchange of information among members, other persons and organizations, through association meetings, publications, the Association website and/or other methods approved by the organization membership, and to disseminate such information. NSLHA publishes a quarterly electronic newsletter - The Networker - with association information, sends advocacy alerts and other updates, and facilitates information exchange via NSLHA Connects (NSLHA's Facebook group).

  4. Serving as an effective liaison between the Association and other disciplines.

  5. Advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders and promoting the individual and collective professional interests of the members of the Association. This done primarily through state and federal lobbying and advocacy efforts by NSLHA's lobbyist and members.

  6. Promoting the investigation of disorders of human communication.

  7. Promoting appropriate academic and clinical preparation of individuals entering the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders and promote the maintenance of current knowledge and skills of those within the discipline.

News & Announcements

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE
    “Striving for Student Success: How and Why Orton-Gillingham based Multisensory Language Teaching Methods can work for children with dyslexia and reading difficulties” presentation by Pam Bazis.

  • Nov. 9th Star City Lions Club Fundraiser

    Stars City Lions Club will be collecting old hearing aids and eyeglasses
    Nov. 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Raising Cane's at 5810 S. 58th Street in Lincoln, NE
    20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Star City Lions Club

  • You're Invited to Oct. 21st Education Summit

    Any professionals interested in practices in academic excellence for all children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are invited to attend. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center at 6203 University Dr. S., in Omaha. Mail your registration with name, address, email and special accommodations by Oct. 6th to Attn: Jenny Corum, 1313 Farnam 3rd Floor, Omaha, NE 68102.

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association has experienced several recent legislative and regulatory advocacy accomplishments, and wanted to share with you the ongoing work being done for members in our state. Listen to this recording for more information.