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National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).


NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members at 319 independently operated chapters located on college campuses and universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. NSSLHA membership is available to any part- or full-time, graduate or undergraduate student interested in the study of communication disorders.


The SCSU Chapter of NSSLHA is active throughout the academic year pursuing a number of community service and SPA Program service and educational activities. Every year SCSU NSSLHA members:

  • Collect toys to donate to the annual Salvation Army holiday Stuff-a-Bus campaign.
  • Pay a holiday visit to local nursing home residents, bringing them small gift items and holding a holiday sing-along.
  • Collect aluminum cans for recycling.
  • Provide refreshments for SPA Program student meetings.
  • Serve as Student Ambassadors at the annual SPA Graduate Student Orientation.
  • Attend the annual convention of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association, acting as student volunteers, and offering a student-designed t-shirt for sale to convention attendees.
  • Serve as Student Mentors for first- and second-semester SPA graduate students.

In the Spring semester, NSSLHA hosts an Employment Workshop featuring professionals from various employment settings in the field, who come to talk about their work environments and to give students advice concerning the “world of work.” The workshop is open to all SPA students, and has received very positive feedback from past workshop attendees.


All SPA students - both undergraduate and graduate - are encouraged to join NSSLHA. For more information, you may contact Dr. Lorraine Adcox, NSSLHA Faculty Advisor, at ladcox@scsu.edu.



Contact Information:

300 College Street, NE
P.O. Box 7427
Orangeburg, SC 29117

Phone: 803-536-8074
Clinic: 803-536-8073
Fax: 803-536-8357
Email: ladcox@scsu.edu