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,

The 2017 RISHA Membership drive has started, and we hope that you renew your membership, or join this year. There are many benefits to a RISHA membership which include: opportunities to network with colleagues from across the state, Better Hearing and Speech Month at the State House in May, discounted registration at the Annual Conference, website with Private practice list, free continuing education events throughout the year, and SLP of the Year (as part of the RIDE Teacher recognition Program). Please renew your membership by 12/31/16 to receive the same low rate.

When you renew your membership, please consider making a donation to the Patricia M. Stephens Scholarship fund. Each year RISHA awards a scholarship to a student pursuing a career in our field.

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 us.

The Conference Committee is still working on the details for the 2017 Annual Conference. Please be on the look-out for updates!

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


2017 School Committee Meetings

The next RISHA Schools Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 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.