NBASLH 43rd Annual Convention Goes Virtual!

Thank you for attending the 2021 National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) Convention! 

We had spent several hours of calls, zoom meetings, texts, and emails to plan 2020 AND 2021 NBASLH Convention. We would like to acknowledge the 2020 Convention chair, Darius Thomas-Wallace, for all of his hard work and dedication in planning the 2020 NBASLH Convention.  

This year’s Convention theme was "Expand the Views of Cultural Diversity, Ethics, and Professionalism". As an organization that encompasses individuals from different backgrounds, regions, settings, and ages; this year’s theme reflects our commitment as an organization to increase cultural competence and awareness in academia, research, and clinical service delivery. In addition, this year’s theme demonstrates our ability, as professionals and students, to learn from one another as we strive to deliver best practices in order to achieve optimal outcomes for those we serve. 

Over the last 43 years, NBASLH members have made tremendous contributions in research, teaching, and practice, resulting in impacts in many sectors of society. We hope you were prepared for 2 ½ days of seminars, receptions, and networking events. This year, we focused on five areas in our field: Audiology & Aural Rehabilitation, Clinical and School-Based Issues, Medical-Based Disorders, Language, Literacy, & Cultural Diversity, and Leadership & Professional Development. There was a plethora of options to choose from as we had 70 sessions, which included 29 one-hour seminars, 6 two-hour seminars, 7 technical seminars, 10 undergrad/graduate research forums, 3 doctoral forums, and 15 poster sessions. 

For the second year, as part of the 2021 NBASLH Cares initiative, we continued the organization’s efforts to contribute to the recruitment of minority students. On Wednesday, March 24th, NBASLH members went virtually into one local high school to talk about the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. This initiative was birthed out of the noticeable lack of racial and ethnic diversity in professionals within our fields. Additionally, we continued our second annual book drive, where the organization/group with the most books was announced at the Awards Ceremony. 

Excitedly, you were able to meet your professional development requirements for the ASHA 2020 audiology and speech-language pathology certification standards as we had planned the supervision session for Friday, March 26th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am and the ethics session for Saturday, March 27th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Now that you have some of the highlights of our jam-packed Convention, take a moment to browse your program to review all the exciting sessions, events, and other important Convention news. You can also stay up to date with changes and Convention happenings by following us on social media @NBASLH and please use the hashtag #NBASLHConvention when sharing on social media! 


Lauren Hastings, M.S., CCC-SLP            Lauren Prather, M.S., CCC-SLP


This convention is offered for up to 1.75 ASHA CEUs  (Various level, Professional Area)

Click here for the list of presenters/disclosures.

 *NBASLH would like to thank the following organizations, universities, and businesses for volunteering: University of Houston, T-Mobile Cap-Tel, T-Mobile IP Replay, The Speech Pathology Group, TherapyEd, Texas State University, University of Texas, Rio Grande, and ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs.*

 2021 Planning Committee

  • Brittani Hightower - NBASLH Cares
  • Joy Lennon - Awards / Scholarships
  • Lauren Prather - Public Relations
  • Derek Daniels - Call for Papers
  • Garvin Romane - Continuing Education Administrator
  • Iris Johnson-Arnold - Volunteers
  • Jarin Hawkins - Photography
  • Lauren Hastings - Exhibitors / Sponsorships
  • Kennedy Guess and Shauntelle Cannon - Student Activities
  • Shauntelle Cannon - Audio/Visual Support