National Associations for Speech & Speech Education

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Teachers working in the field of speech education often require the use of outside resources to enhance their lessons and learning environments. Read on to learn more about what is available to teachers and students through national organizations for speech.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or ASHA, is a national organization providing communication-related resources. ASHA involves 182,000 members who are a mixture of students and professionals in the speech-language and audiology fields. Their goal is to make resources available to these career fields by providing access to scientific advancements, serving as advocates for families in need, creating high standards and encouraging high quality performance in professional environments. ASHA also provides continuing education courses for professionals. To learn more about ASHA, check out

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is designed to be a valuable resource offering a wide range of support to those seeking careers in the special education field. NASET offers specific resources for teachers who are going to be working with speech disabilities. They offer a list of acronyms, activities for speech, information on American Sign Language, the anatomy involved in speaking and a wealth of information on all the different disorders associated with speech-related problems. To learn more about NASET, go to You can also look at's Overview of the National Association of Special Education Teachers lesson.

The National Communication Association (NCA)

The National Communication Association (NCA) serves the field of communication in all ways possible. They, like other national organizations, are a support for those who work in any field related to human communication. Their resources involve research and teaching methods, grants, funding, published works and continuing education opportunities. They also hold conventions and events in addition to helping members find available careers. Check out to learn more.

You can also explore's Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education lesson to learn more about the benefits of joining such organizations, as well as how you can find more of them.

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