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National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

NSSLHA is a pre-professional association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders.

National membership is available to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students enrolled full- or part-time in a communication sciences program or related major.

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NBASLH is an affiliate association with a purpose to encourage professional interests among students studying normal and disordered human communication, in addition to providing a vehicle for professional student and minority representation.

Local and National membership is accessible for part-time or full-time students at any level of education, enrolled in communication disorders and sciences or a related major.

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Students Together Advocating for Rehabilitation Services (STARS)

What is STARS?

STARS stands for Students Together Advocating for Rehabilitation Services. STARS is a student-run organization that performs a number of activities on the SIUC campus and the southern Illinois community aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and raising awareness for disability in society. Participation in STARS is open to any SIUC undergraduate student who has an interest in participating.

What does STARS do?

STARS has promoted and been involved in such activities as the Annual Alzheimer's Walk for Alzheimer's research, the Polar Plunge held annually at Rend Lake to raise funds for the Special Olympics, and arranging educational programs on disabilities around campus. STARS also provides opportunities for students to become familiar with local human service agencies by arranging tours of area community rehabilitation facilities.

Why join STARS?

Not only does STARS benefit the rehabilitation profession by raising awareness for persons with disability on campus and in the community, STARS provides students with opportunities for leadership positions. Students are voted into such leadership positions as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Thus, the opportunities to grow as a leader while benefiting the larger SIUC community are enormous -- moreover, STARS is FUN!

National Rehabilitation Association

The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) is a member organization that promotes ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation with the goal of the personal and economic independence of persons with disabilities. NRA seeks to eliminate barriers to the employment and/or productivity of individuals with disabilities.

NRA members are afforded opportunities to join professional divisions in areas of professional or special interest. Many divisions sponsor professional development seminars reflecting information and knowledge in their specialty. NRA divisions include:

  • National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development
  • Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Association
  • National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership
  • National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns
  • National Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation
  • National Association of Rehabilitation Support Staff
  • Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association
  • National Association for Independent Living
  • National Association of Disability Benefits Specialists

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Student Rehabilitation Association

SRA serves as a student development organization that educates students on advocating for the removal of physical, psychological, and social barriers experienced by individuals with disabilities.