Raise Awareness on Student Virtual Advocacy Day Student Hill/Virtual Advocacy Day is Oct. 4—and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapters will join together to petition Congress in person and online on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology. NSSLHA members at schools in and around the D.C. area will participate in face-to-face advocacy visits with members of ... ASHA News
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Raise Awareness on Student Virtual Advocacy Day
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Raise Awareness on Student Virtual Advocacy Day
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.22102017.61
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.22102017.61
Student Hill/Virtual Advocacy Day is Oct. 4—and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapters will join together to petition Congress in person and online on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology.
NSSLHA members at schools in and around the D.C. area will participate in face-to-face advocacy visits with members of Congress. Students on other campuses can participate in virtual activities. Check out these ideas for successful Virtual Advocacy Day activities from some of the chapters who received 2017 NSSLHA Chapter Honors.
Double your efforts with social media. In addition to sending emails to Congress, the North Carolina Central University chapter also linked their social media accounts to a single message to encourage even more awareness among their legislators.
Get empowered. To encourage involvement in advocacy, the Nova Southeastern University chapter taught members how to use ASHA’s Take Action site. They also invited their state association liaison to speak to them about the different levels of advocacy.
Be prepared. To prepare for their state association’s Legislative Day, members of the University of Missouri, Columbia, chapter contacted their state association lobbyist to learn about bills that affect audiologists, speech-language pathologists or those they serve. This preparation helped them share information with their legislators and garner support.
Narrow the scope. When planning for Advocacy Day, the University of Montana chapter focused on just one topic (raising awareness of limitations that people with disabilities may face). They then contacted organizations advocating for the same issue, giving them a larger, more unified voice and strengthening their efforts.
Be innovative. To get more people involved in advocacy, the Western Michigan University chapter organized an online advocacy booth at their state association’s annual conference.
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