NBASLH Convention

April 6 - 8, 2017, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Message from Co-convention Chair Hadiya Coppedge M.A., CCC-SLP and Co-convention Chair Jessica R. Sullivan PhD

Welcome to NBASLH 2017! This year we will be celebrating our 39th Anniversary in Atlanta, GA.  Rich in history and significance for the African American community, Atlanta symbolizes growth, opportunity, success and determination; making it the perfect host city to represent our 2017 convention theme “NBASLH Expanding in Research and Clinical Practice.” Last year, we were excited to offer the most student scholarships given and an increase in corporate sponsorships. This year we would like to continue the momentum and make this the best NBASLH convention yet!  Our highlighted speakers are all leaders in their respective fields and will add depth to what is shaping up to be an amazing program. NBASLH is poised to attract new conference attendees from other professions that share an interest within the field of communication disorders to include deaf educators, linguists, and hearing scientists.

As NBASLH continues to grow in membership and presentation depth, we are keeping the core of the organization the same. Be sure to plan your schedule to include the Opening Session, Student Mentor Luncheon, the Annual Awards Dinner and the Closing Highlighted Poster Session and Reception. What’s new this year at NBASLH? We are collaborating with the Hispanic Caucus to bring pertinent issues in the field of bilingualism! On Thursday, we are co-hosting a pre-conference focused on literacy with the Georgia Speech And Hearing Association for additional CEUs. Immediately following the pre-conference a tour of the Museum of Civil and Human Rights for NBASLH attendees will be given at a special rate of $10. In addition, this year for NBASLH Cares, we will work with our affiliates to provide hearing aid batteries for students at the Atlanta School for the Deaf.

Atlanta is the fourth majority Black city by the U.S. Census, and has long been known as the center for African American power, culture and education. Often called the “Black Mecca,” the city is home to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and the Atlanta University Center consisting of four historically black colleges. It has the highest national percentage of African American’s with a bachelor’s degree, over 600,000 black owned businesses, and it is the center for Black entertainment in both film and music earning the name, “Black Hollywood.”  Atlanta host many historical sites from the King Center to the World Coca Cola.  Last but certainly not least, Atlanta is a foodie destination with trendy new restaurants and iconic southern staples. Be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter and check the website for details!

We hope to see you in Atlanta,
Jessica & Hadiya

Meet Your 2018 Convention Co-Chairs

Hadiya Coppedge, MA


Jessica Renee Sullivan, PhD



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