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NCCU Student Association Receives National Honor

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) has presented North Carolina Central University (NCCU) with its 2017 Gold Chapter Honors award.

NCCU’s student chapter is one of only 26 out of 325 across the nation that will receive the honor at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual conference in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2017.

The recognition acknowledges excellence in carrying out the association’s mission to advocate for the communication science and disorders field.

The NCCU chapter participated in a number of initiatives to increase awareness of speech and language pathology, including fundraising and social media campaigns, as well as participated in the CommunicAID+Nation initiative by providing speech and language resources for individuals.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders, as well as providing audiological treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

The NSSLHA enables students in the field of communication science and disorders to engage in leadership opportunities, grow professionally and excel in the field.

NCCU’s Communication Disorders Program offers master’s degrees in speech and language pathology. Students working in the Hablemos! Speech Clinic, housed in the School of Education, receive course credit for providing high-quality treatment for speech and language delays to children from socioeconomically disadvantaged families in North Carolina, predominantly those of Hispanic descent. While delivering these services, students are being trained in therapeutic intervention techniques that are grounded in evidence-based practice.

The NCCU School of Education offers degree programs in communication disorders, as well as elementary and middle-grades education, educational technology, school administration, community, career and school counseling; and five concentrations in special education. All programs are fully accredited by their respective bodies.

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