American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Advocacy Program For Students

icon_StudentAdvocacyThe NSSLHA Executive Council is challenging every NSSLHA chapter to "Vote For CSD" by participating in or hosting an advocacy activity at your college or university.

Wesley Nicholson, NSSLHA vice-president 2002–2004, developed the Advocacy Program for Students [PDF] to assist local NSSLHA chapters with instructing students on:

A Asserting the need for student advocates, and emphasizing their value for the cause.
P Preparing students for the role they will undertake as advocates.
S Simplifying the process, removing the overwhelming nature of democracy, and replacing it with a less intimidating, step-by-step procedure that students can reasonably follow

This year, every NSSLHA chapter is charged with facilitating an advocacy activity on your campus. Send your advocacy success stories to the national office at and we will share your story in NSSLHA Now! As an extra incentive...NSSLHA Chapters that participate in an advocacy activity will receive credit toward the NSSLHA Chapter Honors Program.

What can our NSSLHA chapter do to promote advocacy?

Some examples of activities are:

  • Host a voter registration drive at your university.
  • Organize transportation to get students or people in the community surrounding your university to the election polls.
  • Partner with students in the political science department and invite a local legislator to speak at your university.
  • Prepare a flier about CSD-related issues and/or the local politicians that support CSD concerns and distribute that information at your college or university.
  • Organize a letter writing campaign to your local legislator about pending CSD legislation.
  • Organize a "Lobby Day" where every student in your chapter visits with a local legislator to educate them about issues of relevance to CSD professionals and clients.

Where can you learn more about issues affecting CSD professionals and clients?

It's easy! Read the APS Guide [PDF] and visit the ASHA Grassroots Advocacy section for more resources.

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