Virtual Advocacy Day: March 21, 2013
Advocate on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology—contact Congress from your home!
Spend 3 minutes...Impact Your Future!
Recognizing that the decisions made in Congress today will leave a lasting impact for years to come, NSSLHA and ASHA have joined together to sponsor a Virtual Advocacy Day on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
NSSLHA chapters and students from every state will join together to petition Congress on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology. While fellow students from around the DC area are visiting Capitol Hill to discuss these issues, students from around the country are encouraged to log on to ASHA’s Take Action website to take part in this united effort to ensure the future vitality of the professions.
With so many competing interests on Capitol Hill, it is necessary for speech-language pathology and audiology students to speak out and be heard so that our interests are not forgotten.
Participation is easy and takes no more than a few minutes of your time. Choose to become an advocate through the following steps:
- Post this flyer [PDF] to spread the word!
- Visit the ASHA Take Action Center.
- Select the "Students Take Action" link to view additional information on key issues.
- Edit the letter to your liking. The more personalized information and stories you provide the more effective the communication.
- Enter your contact information in the fields to the right of the letter. Based on your address, the system will automatically identify your members of Congress. Make sure to identify yourself as a student and insert your school name.
- Select "Send Message."
- You're done!
Congressional offices tally the letters and report the results on a regular basis. The more letters they receive, the more they pay attention! Help us make the maximum impact by involving your friends and colleagues as well. Once you've taken action, help us spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and the "Tell a Friend" option on the Take Action site.
All chapters that participate will receive a certificate of recognition and advocacy credit as part of the NSSLHA Chapter Honors Program.
Choose to advocate for yourself, your profession, and the clients you will serve.
Choose to make a difference!
Follow ASHA Advocacy on Facebook throughout the day on March 21 to see our progress!
Please contact Caroline Goncalves, ASHA's associate director of federal advocacy, at email@example.com, or Rene Utianski, NSSLHA's Region 9 Regional Councilor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions.