NSLHA will be the leading voice and partner in promoting speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska, and will be an expert in advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders.
The mission of NSLHA is to promote services for speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska; to support its members through professional development, networking, communications, lobbying and advocacy; to encourage education and research activities; and to advocate for the rights of persons with communication disorders.
FOCUS AREA 1: ADVOCACY
ISSUE: An organized, cohesive effort will be developed and maintained by NSLHA and its members to advocate for clients receiving speech, language, and hearing services and enhance the ability for members to deliver those services.
FOCUS AREA 2: MEMBERSHIP GROWTH AND ENGAGEMENT
ISSUE: As a growing, vibrant organization that embraces and adapts to the changing needs of its members, NSLHA will experience membership growth and engage members who are connected and involved in advancing the association’s vision and mission and experience enhanced value and support.
FOCUS AREA 3: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CONTINUING EDUCATION/NETWORKING
ISSUE: Offer a variety of professional development and networking events for members and prospective members to help them expand their knowledge, learn new practices, and share information and resources.
FOCUS AREA 4: FINANCIAL HEALTH
ISSUE: Increased revenue and being good stewards of NSLHA’s resources results in an association that is able to meet and exceed its members’ expectations through delivery of value-added programs and services and remains viable for years to come.
Increase revenue for NSLHA, in order to provide member services and support and achieve the association’s vision and mission.
Enhance cost savings measures that support good stewardship of NSLHA’s resources, without undue negative impact on member services delivery and valued programs.
Develop an industry partnership program.
Increase association cash reserves.
NSLHA's Schools-Based Issues Committee is working on behalf of members by developing SLI verification guidelines, telepractice guidelines, will be addressing workload/caseload issues, and met on December 12th with the Nebraska Department of Education to discuss continuing education requirements for SLPs wanting to work in Nebraska as well as universal licensure.
Utah State University is conducting a study to learn more about school psychologists’ and school-based audiologists’ and speech-language pathologists’ knowledge of ASD and confidence in providing school-based services with this population. If you work in a school setting, please complete this brief survey by mid-March. Participants will be entered in a separate drawing for the chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.
Free onsite and distance continuing education conference for professionals.
Hear the State of the Association address from 2017-18 NSLHA President Marc Brennan.
NSLHA's vision is to be the leading voice and partner in promoting speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska, and to be an expert in advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders. Join or renew your membership today.
A major role that state associations play is as an advocacy organization. Associations monitor proposed legislation, identify bills that may have a positive or negative impact on the field of communication sciences and disorders and the individuals we serve, and develop advocacy agendas to address those bills. A large unified voice such as a state association can be key to successful advocacy.