Rhode Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association


The mission of RISHA is to support the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through advocacy, public awareness, and professional development on behalf of its members and the individual they serve.


President’s Message

Hello and Happy Spring!

I would like to thank everyone for making the RISHA 2016 conference such a huge success! We hope you enjoyed the event and learned some new information while socializing with colleagues. We received amazing feedback about the speakers and sessions and thank you for all of your positive comments! We also appreciate your feedback about how to continue to improve future conferences and continuing education events. We love hearing from you - the members- so we can continue to work hard to strengthen our professional organization. Ideas, suggestions, and of course, new volunteers with new perspectives are always welcome! Please contact us; we love to hear from you!

There are several exciting upcoming events and opportunities that I would like to share with you.

  • SLP of the Year Nominations are due on Tuesday, April 5, 2016! Please click here to nominate a deserving colleague who currently works for a school in Rhode Island. The winner of this prestigious award, sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Education, will be honored at the Providence Water Fire this coming Fall.
  • The next RISHA Schools Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31 at Panera Bread in East Greenwich (near Showcase Cinemas). We hope to see you there!
  • The RISHA 2016 Better Hearing and Speech month display at the Rhode Island State house will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 2pm-4pm. Please RSVP to Ellen Connery at ellenconnery@verizon.net to attend this important event.

Please take advantage of being a RISHA member and nominate a colleague, attend a meeting, and attend the BHSM display at the State House!

2016 SLP of the Year Nominations

RISHA would like to announce that we will be accepting nominations for the 2016 School-based SLP of the Year! This award is sponsored by RIDE and the winner will be honored at the Providence Water Fire ceremony in the Fall. Please click here to see the qualifications and to fill out a submission form on-line. You may also click here to submit a nomination via email, please send all require information in the body of your email.

The deadline is April 5, so spread the word and don't delay!

Please nominate a colleague who deserves this prestigious award!


2016 School Committee Meetings

The next RISHA Schools Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 31 at Panera Bread in East Greenwich (near Showcase Cinemas). Please let us know if you have any ideas for topics and also if you would be willing to be a facilitator. Please RSVP to let us know if you can make it. Hope to see you there.

Join the committee or attend a meeting, contact Chairpersons: Keleigh Sabourin or Lynn Feldman for more info.

Please let us know how the full implementation of the evaluation system is going! Contact us through this website or email Ellen Connery

Please send us information on the impact of the 9 year old rule in RI- how it affects the students served in our schools.

News from ASHA

Please take time to read this new and important guidance from the US Department of Education on the need for comprehensive evaluation appropriate treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASHA wants all members to have this information in hand when advocating for SLP services for children with ASD. Please read and you will find background, actions members can take, and talking points when discussing this topic with supervisors. Click here for more information.

Get Involved

Please consider volunteering your time and getting involved! RISHA still needs an ASHA STAR (State Advocate for Reimbursement and Conference Committee chairs). This great organization needs new volunteers. Please contact Dora Arsenault if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.