Who We Are

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing is to maintain a viable mechanism through which the needs of Black professionals, students and individuals with communication disorders can be met.

Board Mission Statement

The mission of the NBASLH Board of Directors is to represent and uphold the trust of professionals and students in audiology and speech language pathology within the NBASLH membership, and make decisions that support NBASLH's mission, vision, and purpose, ensuring the perpetuity and financial stability of NBASLH.

Vision Statement

The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing is the premier professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of Black communication science and disorders professionals, students and consumers. The association is the model for other organizations addressing the concerns of diverse populations.

Purpose of NBASLH

  • Promote an increase in the number of Black speech, language and hearing professionals;
  • Improve the quality of service delivery to Black individuals with communication disorders and differences.
  • Promote research that contributes to the body of knowledge on the identification, diagnosis and treatment of Black individuals with communication disorders and differences.
  • Solicit and provide financial support for the training of Black students in communication sciences disorders.
  • Solicit and provide mentoring support of Black students and professionals in communication science disorders.
  • Be an advocate for Black individuals with communication disorders and differences.
  • Disseminate information to the public on communication disorders and differences specific to the Black community.

Position Statement

At NBASLH, we proudly stand for inclusivity and equity in speech, language, and hearing. For over 45 years, our organization has been a pioneering force, embodying a steadfast commitment to addressing the unique concerns of diverse populations. Our mission and vision serve as a beacon, illuminating the path toward a more equitable and inclusive global society.

As a model for other organizations, NBASLH sets the standard for fostering diversity, promoting cultural fluency, and advocating for social justice within the realms of speech, language, and hearing. We firmly believe that diversity is not merely a checkbox, but a cornerstone upon which excellence in our professions is built.

Join us in our unwavering commitment to inclusivity, as we invite individuals and organizations alike to participate in the transformative work that shapes our future. At NBASLH, we recognize the importance of collaboration and collective action. By coming together at the table, we create a powerful force that amplifies the voices of underrepresented communities and ensures that every individual, regardless of background, has a seat at the table.

As we continue our journey, NBASLH pledges to champion the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusion in speech, language, and hearing. We invite all to stand with us, learn from us, and contribute to the collective effort to make our profession a true reflection of the rich tapestry of humanity.

Join NBASLH in our mission and vision. Together, let us shape a future where diversity is celebrated, voices are heard, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Meet us at the table, where change begins, and where the power of unity transforms dreams into reality.