Legislative Day

NSLHA's Legislative Day

Nebraska State Senator Sara Howard speaks about expansion of healthcare services and coverage.

Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association Legislative Day

March 15, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Room 1023 at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska

The impact that you can have by connecting with your state senator, building a relationship, and offering support is tremendous. Please plan to attend and share your ideas, concerns and recommendation with state senators on how to enhance speech, language and hearing services for Nebraskans.

It’s an opportunity to build relationships with state senators, while educating and informing them about the speech-language-hearing field in our state. This is increasingly important, as the healthcare environment continues to change, and the ability to deliver speech-language-hearing services becomes increasingly challenging.


9:30 a.m. – Go to the Norris Legislative Chamber Balcony to Watch the Legislature in Session and Be Recognized for NSLHA’s Legislative Day
10:00 a.m. – Deliver Handouts to Senate Senators’ Offices
11:00 a.m. - Welcome from NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Cindy Johnson and Jessica Thoene in Room 1023
11:05 a.m. - Overview of State Legislative Issues
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Telehealth Bill (LB92) Update from Senator Mark Kolterman; Appropriations Committee’s Work and State Budget Process Update from Senator Anna Wishart; and Dyslexia Bill (LB645) Update from Senator Patty Pansing Brooks
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon with State Senators

Register online or complete and submit a paper version of the registration brochure.

Speech-Language Pathologist and NSLHA Member Rachel Watermeier with her dad - Senator Dan Watermeier from District 1

Engaging discussion with Senator Johnson

Students and Senator Schilz's staff take moment to pause for a photo after a lively debate about the importance of voting, knowing who your senator is, and advocating for speech-language-hearing services.

UNO students delivered handouts about speech-language-hearing services to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and state senators

Cindy Johnson, NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair, provides a final review of talking points in preparation for conversations with state senators.

NSLHA Lobbyist Rich Lombardi from American Communications Group highlights legislative issues impacting the speech-language-hearing profession

News & Announcements

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (NSHLEF) is offering two $1,000 scholarships. Apply by June 30th.

  • Participate in Fluency Enhancing Tactile Speech for Those Who Stutter Study

    The Wheat Lab at The University of Mississippi is researching the use of a smartphone app that provides fluency enhancing tactile speech for those who stutter. During this clinical trial, we are providing a free app for either iOS or Android, such that we can measure the effects of pulsating tactile vibrations on stuttering frequency. This is an open clinical trial, and we can accept English speaking participants from all over the country; During these weekly sessions over video conference, participants will be asked to share with us their experiences with the app, as well as provide some speech samples. Contact tactile@speechandhearingcenter.org to participate.

  • looking for currently practicing speech‐language pathologists who routinely assess cognitive skills to complete this 15-20 minute online survey. Results from this study will help researchers understand current cognitive assessment practices, define strengths and weaknesses of available assessments, and determine next steps for future assessment creation.

  • Participants will work collaboratively to develop appropriate and functional AAC intervention goals for clients with aphasia, based on their classifications with the AAC-Aphasia Framework.

  • We invite you to become a member of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA). Help strengthen our speech-language pathology and audiology profession by participating in professional development opportunities, and by advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders.

  • Continue to receive membership services, participate in professional development opportunities, and receive advocacy support. NSLHA is a strong voice working on behalf of its members to advocate for speech, language, and hearing services.