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

RISHA has some exciting news to share. The 2015 SLP of the year is Mary K. Boyle. Mary was nominated by two of our colleagues and by her Director of Student Services! Way to go Mary! Mary has been working in the Narragansett Public Schools for approximately 20 years. For more information and quotes from the nominations forms, please visit the blog. Mary will be recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Education at Providence Waterfire on September 26. Read more.

Congratulations to the following AHSA members who earned an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from October 1, 2014-December 31, 2014. These individuals met the requirement for the ACE by earning 7.0 ASHA CEU’s within a 36-month period. We praise their efforts in continuing to maintain lifelong learning and maintaining current knowledge and skills! Please join me in congratulating: Ellen Connery, Carrie Dluhy, Deana Dufficy, Mynde Siperstein, and Lindsey Viveiros.

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, Conference Committee chairs and a President-elect for 2016. This great organization needs new volunteers. Please contact Dora Arsenault if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.


RISHA Annual Conference - March 5, 2016

Save the date! The annual RISHA conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI on March 5, 2016. Please contact us with any ideas for speakers, or if you would like to speak at the fantastic annual event. We will also be looking for exhibitors and raffle items to support the Patricia Stephens Scholarship Fund.

2015 School Committee Meetings

Next meetings are on Tuesday, September 29 and Tuesday, November 3. All meetings are at the North Kingstown Town Library upstairs meeting room from 4:15 - 6:00PM

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.