Nsslha at The University of Texas

Nsslha at The University of Texas


We would love volunteer help for the Parents Empowering Articulation in Kids Speech Program in association with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas and Speak Freely.
Here is a link to a volunteer opportunity. The Parents Empowering Articulation in Kids (PEAK) speech program. Sponsored by DSACT. It starts this weekend! Please sign up if you would like to help volunteer.

Hello and Happy Holidays. My name is Dr. Eric Blicker CCC-SLP.D BCS-S. I respectfully wanted to share some CEU information. We are having a training course in Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) in Austin Texas the weekend of April 27-28, 2019. There are open spaces to take the entire course or to come and volunteer on April 28, 2019. If you are interested in the area of dysphagia and would like more information, please feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
Thank you for your time

We are the University of Texas NSSLHA Chapter, a student organization interested in the field of Spe Interested? Then join us!

We are the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. We are future speech pathologists, audiologists, and deaf education specialists. We host many speakers from the field who come and talk about their experiences. Additionally, we do community service and fundraisers to help benefit clinics around Austin. And of course, we get together for social events and have lots of fun!

Operating as usual


It’s finals week and we can’t believe graduation is almost here! We wanted to feature our senior officers for the last spotlight of the year. Jessica (co-president) will be graduating with her degree in CSD, a minor in HDFS, and a BPD certificate in public policy. With Teach For America, Jessica will be moving to North Carolina to teach high school science in an underserved community. Brooke (secretary) will be graduating with a degree in CSD. She will be a site director for Joshua’s Stage which is a performance center for children and adults with special needs. She also plans to continue as a teaching assistant in the Austin area. Ellen (treasurer) will be graduating with a degree in Audiology and will be attending The Univeristy of Iowa this fall to pursue her Doctor of Audiology where she will research of formal musical training improves speech in noise perception for sensorineural hearing loss. We are so grateful for these passionate, driven, inspirational leaders and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them. Congratulations graduates! We are so proud of you!! 🎓🎉✨


Happy Friday everyone!! With the semester coming to an end, it means finals, projects, papers, and presentations. Take time this weekend to do something that makes you happy and will help refresh you for next week!


Meet Mary! She’s a junior SLP major whose dream is to work with infants in the NICU. Mary is an active volunteer at Austin Speech Labs as well as Texas School of the Deaf and you can count on seeing her wherever NSSLHA is. She’s a huge part of our chapter and we are so thankful for her!


When you have so many great members, it’s hard to pick just one! Meet Rebecca and Masha.
Rebecca is a freshman, an active NSSLHA member, and she plays the French horn in the distinguished UT Marching Band! Rebecca is a dedicated volunteer at Austin speech labs and gives back on campus through Ignite Texas.
Masha is a freshman who has participated in several NSSLHA events, including attending TSHA in March. Masha is passionate about healthcare advocacy and served as volunteer enrollment assister to help enroll individuals for health insurance.
We’re so glad to have these members and can’t wait to see what they do in the future!


Meet Elizabeth! She’s a junior CSD SLP major and has been an active member of NSSLHA since Fall 2017. Elizabeth is interested in working with people who are bilingual and has pursued that passion with research in the UT HABLA Lab. Thank you for all of your encouragement and hard work!


It’s safe to say we had an amazing time at TSHA! We loved learning more about our future career paths and seeing fellow longhorns present! Cant wait until next year 🤘🏼


We are so excited for TSHA! Here’s to a great weekend learning about our fields and bonding! 📚


Love what you do and live a life that spreads your love to others. 🎈🧡


We loved getting out into our community at the 🎨 this weekend! Thanks to everyone who joined us!


Meet Natalie! Natalie is a junior CSD SLP major and a second year active NSSLHA member. She has been very involved with NSSLHA since joining and is passionate about the advocacy of Deaf Culture and ASL. We want to thank Natalie for her awesome work and commitment to NSSLHA and wish her a happy early birthday! 🎉🎂


Meet Zoe!

Zoe is a junior CSD major and second year NSSLHA member. She has attended 23 member events and has over 100 volunteer hours! As an officer of DASC, Zoe is an advocate for disability awareness and accessibility on campus. She is also an active member of ACCEPT which works to give young people a voice in public policy. We want to say thank you to Zoe for her dedication and compassion. We love having you as a member and a friend!


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A Mumbai restaurant is promoting social inclusion by hiring deaf and mute staff and encouraging diners to use sign language to communicate.

npr.org 03/20/2017

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Awesome! 😀

npr.org Julia has bright red hair, big green eyes and she loves to draw. She can be a little shy, but Elmo and Abby Cadabby don't mind. She's voiced by Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, too.


The Daily Moth

Crepe Crazy, a Deaf-owned business, was named as the #1 Best Crepe in America by thedailymeal.com. The website said their crepes were "a work of art."


Some of our wonderful NSSLHA members writing notes to their state representatives/senators regarding HB 1684. Advocacy at its finest!


All, please use your voice to oppose this bill.

TSHA is thrilled to see our members engaged in , and encourage you to respectfully voice your opposition to this bill. If you have not already done so, please register for Capitol Visit Day on February 23rd. We need a strong presence at the Capitol to help protect our professions: bit.ly/2jABTe3

We appreciate the discussion related to Representative Isaac's proposal to abolish the regulation of and . Should this pass, it would eliminate licensure requirements in the State of Texas, placing consumers at significant risk of harm. TSHA leadership has already scheduled a meeting with Representative Isaac to voice our opposition to this bill.

If you'd like to read more about the you can find the text of the legislation here: bit.ly/2kcCga1

ted.com 02/01/2017

What do babies think?

If you love babies and have ever wondered what they are thinking, here's an awesome Ted talk that answers just that.


ted.com "Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.


Looking for some volunteering and service experience on campus? Dr. Franco needs people to help with her Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm Conversation Club in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in CMA, as well as her Thursday 6 pm - 8 pm session. Conversation Club is meant to help young adults with autism improve their social and speech skills. It's tons of fun, and it starts February 8th and 9th, going weekly until the end of the semester. You only need to commit to either the Wednesday or Thursday session, not both. For whichever session you commit to, YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH HOURS. Please email her NOW at [email protected]!


Good Morning America

A perfect match!

6-year-old boy who communicates through sign language finds a new best friend in a deaf foster dog. "It was immediate the way she reacted to my son." http://abcn.ws/2i3Qtdj


If any grad students are interested in representing UT at the TSHA Praxis bowl, please contact me ASAP!!!!


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

So cool to be a part of this program! Thanks to everyone that has participated 😊

Creating customized synthetic voices for people who cannot speak is gaining momentum! Check out this article in the Washington Post about SLP and ASHA member Rupal Patel's startup VocaliD!


Congratulations to all, and especially our CSD graduates, as they walk across the stage this month! You have made this University a better place and we know you will do great things wherever you end up!

medicalxpress.com 11/08/2016

Overcoming language loss long after a stroke


If you enjoy reading and learning about strokes and recovery, this is a great article to do so!

medicalxpress.com Kelly O'Day has no recollection of suffering a stroke in January 2014, or of the months on life support that followed. She does know that when she was discharged from the hospital, she "couldn't say much other than pleasantries," she says. "I knew exactly what I wanted to say; I couldn't get it out....


Secretary Kansas Merritt and Co-Presidents Leslie Abdelgani, Lauren Kelley present on NSSLHA's behalf at the 5th annual CSD Research Blitz.


We are on the front page of The Daily Texan!!!!! Make sure you pick up your copy today! Shoutout to our service director Madison Lee, Catherine Xu and Matthew Ballard who gave quotes for this interview. What an awesome article about our partnership with Austin Speech Labs.


Emma Faye Rudkin

Congratulations to Ms. Emma Faye Rudkin on winning the title of Miss San Antonio for 2017! We'd love to meet you, and hear your story!

Miss San Antonio 2017
To my hoh/deaf friends - captioning below:

Hi Facebook! Hi! I have exciting news to tell you. I just won Miss San Antonio 2017. I am just absolutely blown away with what’s happened and I really just can’t believe the craziness. It was a very last minute decision to compete again and to have the privilege to say that I was 2015 and now 2017 is beyond anything I ever imagined. And this summer, it was such a hard summer, I experienced more hearing loss, the loss of friends… an extreme period of feeling lonely… wondering exactly what my life was going to look like again. Asking to see Jesus’ goodness. And I have just seen it over and over again through Aid the Silent, through new friends, through incredible people I have been able to meet. And now it is through the privilege of getting to love my city again and having year two with you guys. And seeing the impact that I was able to have in just in one year just through Aid the Silent with meeting with schools and with deaf children, it is amazing that I get to do that again and I get to go to Miss Texas again. It was something I was not expecting to do, but now that it has happened, I cannot wait to go again. I want to share what I was reading in the interview room while I was waiting to go in before the judges. It is Psalm 126 (NLT), It says, “When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. “
And this summer was just a season of tears and just feeling as though… I experienced a lot of pain because of more hearing loss and a lot of other things happening, but to see that now I harvested this joy and that I feel more and more of who I am to be because in that pain I have pressed closer to Jesus… and what He says about that He is near close to the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit. And it is cool to come back 2017 and just see the difference. Someone mentioned to me, “Emma, like you have become this woman through this process but you used to be very insecure and not very sure of yourself, but we all saw something in you that you never saw in yourself until this experience.” And that is so true, I never would have seen myself as someone who could speak in front of people, meet new people, meet with students, speak on my feet and I dream these crazy dreams because Jesus has just pursued me beyond anything I ever imagined. And now, I get to come back and I get to speak truth in the school systems, and I get to go speak before people that I would have never gotten in the doors… in certain doors and now I can get in certain doors with a platform and a title but it really is that I just get to show them the love of Jesus. So I thank you for just supporting this whole crazy experience. I can’t wait to share with what God is still doing and what He is continuing to do and just keep the following the journey because I keep thinking that - I am, I don’t know - that it is done but God keeps surprising me with more and more sweetness of who He is. I just love you guys and I will be seeing you later.


Great turnout at our profit share last night at Moojos!! Thanks everyone for coming out, we had an awesome time!


ATTN: If you are an SLP or AUD graduate student here at UT and would like to speak to us undergraduates at our next meeting regarding grad schools applications, please message me! Share your wealth of knowledge with us!


Looking for some volunteering and service experience on campus? Dr. Franco needs people to help with her Wednesday 10 am - 12 pm Conversation Club in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in CMA. Conversation Club is meant to help young adults with autism improve their social and speech skills. It's tons of fun, and it starts next week, going weekly until the end of the semester. Please email her NOW at [email protected]!




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