The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA is an association for students managed by students. National NSSLHA membership connects students to a wealth of resources in the area of communication science and disorders. The Association also provides benefits that assist students in staying current on advancements in the field, enhancing their academic knowledge, finding internships and employment, networking with other students with similar interests, and saving money on products and services. Members of each Chapter subscribe to professional journals, and many attend state and national conventions.
The New Paltz Chapter of NSSLHA is active in promoting a professional attitude among students in the program. The Chapter also participates in community service activities as well as fund-raising events to support programs that the Chapter organizes. One of the major events during the year is inviting speakers to campus, many of whom are nationally recognized in the field. The Chapter also participates in a wide variety of community service activities, including the Heart Walk and The Walk for Autism, each year. Leaders of the local club have been honored nationally for their contributions..