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're 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 the professions.
Grassroots advocacy is an easy way for chapters to get involved. Learn about current 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 stories and passion.
Virtual Advocacy Day—March 23, 2020
While NSSLHA Executive Council and ASHA members are taking action on Capitol Hill, join forces with your fellow CSD students by participating in Virtual Advocacy Day. Send a customized digital letter through ASHA's Take Action website and let your voice be heard!
Student Advocacy Day—Fall 2020
Join forces with fellow CSD students and NSSLHA chapters to make your collective voice be heard on Student Advocacy Day—connect with your members of Congress about the federal-level issues that are most important to you and the professions.
State Association Event
In addition to getting involved at the federal level, it's essential to get involved at the state level too. The best way to do this is by getting involved with your state association! They're your best resource for info related to state licensure, regulations, and upcoming issues. Often, state associations will schedule meetings with local and state representatives to advocate for the professions. So, getting involved with your state association is a great way to jump into advocacy, as well as network with your future colleagues.
Can't participate in one of the events mentioned above? Organize a time for your chapter to get together and reach out to members of Congress through the student section of ASHA's Take Action website.