The Student Academy of Audiology is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology that serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. The SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology, and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA membership is available to full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students. NSSLHA members are represented by Regional Councilors who sit on the NSSLHA Executive Council as well as on one or more ASHA professional boards or committees. As a national chapter NSSLHA member, students are entitled to several benefits. Examples include NSSLHA publications, the ASHA Leader, a choice of one ASHA journal, reduced registration fees for the annual ASHA Convention, and significant savings on the first year of ASHA membership. Annual dues are only $45. Visit NSSLHA's website (http://www.nsslha.org) to find out how to join.
Missouri State NSSLHA Chapter
The Missouri State University chapter of NSSLHA participates in a variety of community events and fundraisers throughout the year. In the past fundraisers have included bake sales, NSSHLA product sales, and participation in the Missouri State Homecoming Tail-Gate Party festivities. NSSHLA and the Missouri State Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic join with the Salvation Army around the holiday season to provide clothing and toys to underprivileged families. The Angel Tree is placed in the Clinic waiting room and the gifts are given to the Salvation Army to distribute. Another activity is at Halloween where costumed NSSHLA members visit children in nearby hospitals to spread a little cheer. NSSHLA members also participate in a unique puppet program called "Kids on the Block". KOB is designed for elementary grades and teaches children about disabilities. NSSHLA finds diverse ways to "get the word out." Whether by donning NSSHLA T-shirts, visiting Jefferson City to speak with legislators, or participating in the campus wide world health day, NSSHLA is a presence on campus and in the community.
The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is a voluntary state association made up of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. MSHA provides a forum for continuing education as well as advocacy for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
Missouri Academy of Audiology
Students and faculty at Missouri State University are active members of the Missouri Academy of Audiology. The president of the MAA is a MSU faculty member and a past president of MAA is also on the faculty at MSU. Students assist each year with MAA convention activities.