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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Newly admitted students receive information regarding ASHA certification at the orientation meeting at the beginning of each semester. Additional literature about ASHA certification is always available in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders office. Clinical seminars provide ongoing information pertaining to ASHA certification, the ASHA Code of Ethics. Any specific questions pertaining to ASHA certification may be addressed with the Chairperson and faculty members in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or go to for further information.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association accredits graduate programs in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. CAA is recognized as an accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from the U.S. Secretary of Education. The CAA and its predecessors have been recognized continually by CHEA and its predecessors since 1964 and by the Secretary of Education since 1967. For more information on the CAA go to:

National Student Speech-Language - Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and related majors. The organization, which has chapters throughout the country, is involved with sponsoring activities at the ASHA conventions, planning drives to raise money for clinical and academic events, informing students about current issues and events in the profession and much more. Membership in NSSLHA provides students with substantially discounted rates for all ASHA journals, and for the initial cost of professional membership.

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New York State Speech-Language - Hearing Association (NYSSLHA)

NYSSLHA acts as advocate for educational programs, promotes master’s level entry into our field and lobbies for reimbursement and autonomy of professionals in our field. Further, the Association sponsors scholarships, workshops, seminars and the annual convention. Students are encouraged to join our state association at a reduced fee. Join, and reap the benefits. For more information go to :

Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA)

LISHA, is the largest regional speech-language-hearing association in the country. The Association provides its members with opportunities for increasing knowledge in communication sciences and disorders and promotes high professional standards for its members. It encourages student membership, sponsors numerous conferences each year, and is a local advocate for many professional issues. For more information go to: