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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 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.

Agenda

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 Josh Sevier and Jessica Thoene
11:05 a.m. - Overview of State Legislative Issues
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Legislative Updates from State Senators
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon with State Senators

Registration will open in the winter of 2018.

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.

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

  • 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.

  • This webinar will include an overview of the current Nebraska Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposed plan, along with the role of SLPs in schools. Current national topics will be discussed including: telepractice, SLPAs, universal licensure, dyslexia and caseload vs. workload. Next steps in collaborating with the Nebraska Department of Education on these issues and current eligibility criteria for speech and/or language impairment will also be discussed.

  • Colleagues, we are hoping that you will agree to take a very short survey regarding augmentative and alternative communication and therapy in aphasia. The aim of the survey is to find out more about how speech-language pathologists describe and use AAC in aphasia therapy. We have purposely not included our own definition of AAC because we want to hear your ideas first. If you are willing to help with the survey, please click on the link above or paste the link into your browser to go to the web-based survey. After completing the survey, you may choose to enter a drawing to win a $25 gift card.

  • Join your peers at the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Fall Convention on September 14-15, 2017 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, NE to learn, collaborate, share, network and socialize. Up to 1.35 ASHA CEUs are available.