NSLHA Fall Road Shows

Nebraska audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students met with state senators from their areas to discuss issues including: improving access and the ability to deliver audiology and speech-language pathology services; the state's budget process; how to be an effective citizen advocate; dyslexia screenings and training; Medicaid managed care (Heritage Health); insurance coverage; and how to build a relationship  with your state lawmaker. Participants provided feedback about issues and challenges they are facing in their schools, clinics and practices. 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.

Read the Road Show report from NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan.

Road Show Schedule

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

  • Presenters: Rich Lombardi, 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 was held at ESU #16 Office at 1221 W 17th St in North Platte, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Rich Lombardi, 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 was held at CHI St. Francis Conference Room 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Senator Matt Williams, District #36; Rich Lombardi, 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 was held at the 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 Robert Hilkemann, District #4; Senator Merv Riepe, District #12; Rich Lombardi, 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 was held at the 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, 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 was held at the Columbus Wellness Center at 3912 38th Street, Suite A in Columbus, Nebraska

  • Presenters: Senator Paul Schumacher, District #22; Rich Lombardi, 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

Download the presentation slides. If you were unable to attend a Road Show, please take a few minutes to complete the attached questions and email your responses to info@nslha.org.

Senator Matt Williams Speaks at NSLHA's Region 4 Road Show in Kearney. He said, "You need to know your senator and explain to them why what you're doing makes an impact on your patients. Tell the story of why this service is necessary to help people."

NSLHA President Shari DeVeney discusses the association's focus on advocacy, membership growth, professional development, networking and financial health at the Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Merv Riepe discusses telehealth use and opportunities to deliver healthcare services at the NSLHA Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Robert Hilkemann speaking at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha: "The speech pathology profession needs you. You can make a difference, but you have to take the time and energy to be a part of it. I encourage you to be a member and a leader."

Senator Kate Bolz speaks about the Nebraska Legislature Appropriations Committee's work and the budget process for the upcoming 2017 session at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

NSLHA Lobbyist Rich Lombardi speaks about the importance of citizen advocacy and how the work of our federal and state lawmakers affects how you practice; what services you can and cannot deliver; and how you get paid for the speech-language-hearing services you provide.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff to discuss clinical practices and challenges.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff to discuss school-based services and challenges.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 5 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in North Platte.

Senator Roy Baker discusses issues the Nebraska Legislature's Education Committee will be addressing during the 2017 legislative session at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Senator Roy Baker and Senator Patty Pansing Brooks discuss research and legislation for dyslexia screenings and training at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Speech-language pathology students discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Nikki Kopetzky NSLHA Region 2 Representative, welcomes everyone to the Road Show in Lincoln.

Martha Douglas, Region 6 Representative, welcomes everyone to the NSLHA Road Show in Scottsbluff.

NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan discusses NSLHA's strategic plan at the Region 4 Road Show in Grand Island.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Jessica Thoene discusses speech-language-hearing services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Speech-language pathology students discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 4 Road Show in Grand Island.

Cindy Johnson discusses NSLHA's regulatory advocacy efforts and accomplishments at the Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Paul Schumacher speaks about the Nebraska Legislature Revenue Committee's work at the Region 3 Road Show in Columbus.

Speech-language pathologists discuss coordination of services at the Region 3 Road Show in Columbus.

Left to Right: Shari DeVeney, NSLHA President; Michell Ruskamp, NSLHA Region 3 Representative; Cindy Johnson, NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair; Janet Seelhoff, NSLHA Executive Director; and Rich Lombardi, NSLHA Lobbyist.

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.