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

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a nice summer and are happily setting into your fall schedules. RISHA is getting back into the swing of things and I have exciting news to share!

Keleigh Sabourin, who currently works for the North Kingstown School Department and serves as RISHA co-chair of the schools committee has been chosen as the Rhode Island SLP of the Year! Keleigh will be recognized along with other RI public School Educators during the RI Celebration of Educator Excellence at the Providence WaterFire on September 24, 2016 from 4-7:30pm in downtown Providence, at Memorial Park. Congrats  Keleigh!

The RISHA Membership drive will be starting soon. We are happy to announce that we have decided not to raise the yearly membership rates! At this time, you can print and mail the membership form from the website. On-line registration will be coming soon.

The next School Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday September 29 from 4:15pm-6:00pm at Panera Bread in East Greenwich (near Showcase Cinemas). All members are welcome.

Speakers wanted! RISHA is always looking for local speakers to share their ideas with the RISHA Membership. If you or someone you know would like to speak at one of our events, please contact me at gailrobinsonslp@hotmail.com. We are planning the fall continuing education event so please stay tuned.

The Conference Committee is looking for a new venue for the RISHA Annual Conference. It has become cost prohibitive to continue our Conference at the Crowne Plaza. Please let us know if you have any ideas for the 2017 Conference. The search is on!

There are always opportunities to volunteer with RISHA. Please consider helping our state organization by volunteering your time and talent. We are always looking for new ideas to strengthen and grow RISHA.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at upcoming RISHA events!

Gail Robinson


2016 School Committee Meetings

The next RISHA Schools Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29, 4:15-6:00pm 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.