Featured (left to right): Alexandra Lavrentieva (Treasurer), Catherine Schembri (Vice president), Arielle Rubinstein (President), Victoria Guido (Secretary). Not pictured: Marina Kuzminar (Public Relations)
What is NSSLHA?
The mission statement of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is to advocate for students at the national, state, and local level, to forge professional relationships between speech-language pathologists and audiologists, to provide resources to prepare students to become professionals, and to facilitate the transition from NSSLHA to ASHA membership and other
professional organizations as the entry into the profession.
Recent Accomplishments of the SUNY New Paltz NSSLHA Chapter
The SUNY New Paltz NSSLHA chapter strives to uphold the central tenets of this statement through its selection of a communication disorders-based theme and charity each semester. This past semester, the chapter promoted public awareness of dysphagia, with the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD) as its charity of choice. We raised over $300 for this organization, surpassing our goal of $200, through fundraisers at Stop & Shop, McGillicuddy’s, and Fat Bob’s. We also sold promotional bracelets and fliers. Edward Steger, the president of NFOSD, promoted our chapter events on the foundation’s website.
To further orchestrate dysphagia awareness, we worked with Professor Bower to host an educational lecture on Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) with expert Michael Webb. This presentation featured a hands-on component in which students were provided with the opportunity to receive a FEES evaluation.
Our semi-annual banquet on December 3, 2013, featured NICU swallowing therapist, Mary Ell Izzo, from the Vassar Brothers Medical Center. In addition to discussing diagnostic and therapeutic feeding considerations for the newborn infant, Mrs. Izzo provided specialized nursing bottle nipples for attendees to examine.
NSSLHA will continue to host events that foster education, advocacy, and inclusion amongst the students and professors of the SUNY New Paltz Communication Disorders department.
–Arielle Rubinstein, President