Membership in NBASLH is open to individuals interested in: promoting an increase in the number of certified Black speech-language and hearing professionals; promoting improvement in the quality of speech, language and hearing services to Black communicatively handicapped; promoting the research and development of a body of knowledge of the identification, diagnosis and treatment of the Black communicatively handicapped; and the dissemination of information among professionals and public on communication differences and disorders among Blacks.

Categories of Membership

Professional Member - Holds a graduate degree with major emphasis in or working in the area of speech, language and/or hearing. Professional membership is $100/year.

Student Member - Full-time students in training in the areas of speech, language and/or hearing. Student membership is $35/year.

Associate Member - The consumer and any other persons showing interest in the speech, language and hearing problems of Black people (e.g., speech-language pathology assistants). Associate membership is $75/year.

Life Member - Life Membership is a category of membership available to current NBASLH members who meet the following requirements: (a.) age of at least 65 at the time of application, and (b.) at least 20 years of consecutive NBASLH membership or 30 years of cumulative membership immediately prior to attaining age 65. View additional information about Life Membership, or download an application form.

Student Member to Professional Member Conversion Discount - This is a one-time discount of $25 off the initial dues and fees of $100. To qualify for the Conversion Discount, the student must be an NBASLH student member for the last 2 years of their master's or doctoral program. Members must email [email protected] to request this discount.

Membership Benefits

  • Annual Convention - The national Convention takes place each year in April. The Convention offers continuing education opportunities to members with local and national presenters, job recruitment, current equipment and materials, exhibit displays and opportunities to meet with colleagues.
  • NBASLH National Speech-Language Pathology Exam Review Course - Each year during the annual Convention, students have an opportunity to participate in an intensive review for the PRAXIS Examination.
  • Access to the Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (JNBASLH) - JNBASLH is the official E-journal for NBASLH. It is a professional publication that hosts scientific articles on research and clinical practice patterns which impact racially, culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Access to Resound)))Resound))) is NBASLH’s national newsletter. The newsletter contains valuable information such as legislative updates, Convention previews and reminders and professional updates, including current issues and practices on various topics.