Advocacy (n): The act of arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.
As future audiologists and speech-language pathologists, you’re going to spend much of your time being an advocate—for your clients, for their care, and for the treatment you’re proposing.
Because you are entering a profession that can be affected by decisions made by your state and federal legislators, your voice is an important part of the future of your profession.
Grassroots advocacy is an easy way for anyone to get involved. Just learn about the issues, contact your legislators and government officials, and tell them your story. Your goal should be to raise awareness of current issues, and make them real by sharing your passion and stories.
You can get involved in grassroots advocacy at the local, state, or federal level. And we're here to help you along the way!
Grassroots Advocacy Events and Resources
- NSSLHA’s Student Advocacy Day (each fall)
- ASHA’s Virtual Advocacy Day (each spring)
- State association activities (year-round; depends on your state)
- ASHA's Take Action website (on your own time)