Ruth Ann Morrell with all the NSSLHA officers
This week, Purdue’s Chapter of NSSLHA was honored to have Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s President Ruth Ann Morrell speak to us about what ISHA has to offer for students. This was the first time our chapter had the opportunity to host Ms. Morrell; and although it has been free to join ISHA; students didn’t have a clear idea of what that entailed. As a Purdue graduate, Ms. Morrell’s enthusiasm toward our students was through the roof and will inspire many of our members to join ISHA. It was exciting to learn more about resources available through ISHA such as volunteering at the annual ISHA conference to weekly newsletters, and these resources are ever-growing. Ms. Morrell was ecstatic to hear what needs the students have, such as education about passing the GRE and Praxis exam, and how students like us can become more involved. She also translated well why it’s important to remain involved in ISHA beyond graduation. Personally, a big takeaway from her presentation was how we as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologist can be advocates for ourselves through government legislation. We all strive to be advocates for those with communication disorders, and it is just as important to take action and become advocates for the profession itself, so our scope of practice keeps its dignity and the community is well served. Overall, Ms. Morrell also inspired us to continue to work as a team of students and professionals, but as Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists as well; providing the needs, the community as well as the profession, needs to strive brightly into the future.
This blog was written and submitted by Rachel Platt, Purdue University NSSLHA Corresponding Secretary.