American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Virtual Advocacy Day, April 7, 2014

Advocating on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology!

A huge thank you to all who participated in the last Virtual Advocacy Day! We had 689 activists send out 1,969 messages to Capitol Hill!

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 Capitol Hill Day and Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, April 7, 2014. Those that are interested in participating in the Capitol Hill Day and have the means to be in Washington, DC, on April 7 should contact Caroline Goncalves at cgoncalves@asha.org.

Just because you are not in Washington, DC, does not mean you can't make a difference, though! NSSLHA chapters and students from every state will join together to petition Congress online on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology. Students are encouraged to log on to ASHA's Take Action site to take part in this united effort to ensure the future vitality of the professions. Remember participating in Capitol Hill Day/Virtual Advocacy Day counts toward one of the requirements for Chapter Honors.

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:

  1. Visit ASHA's Take Action website.
  2. Select the "Students Take Action" link to view additional information on key issues.
  3. Edit the letter to your liking. The more personalized information and stories you provide, the more effective the communication.
  4. 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.
  5. Select "Send Message."
  6. You're done!

Congressional offices read all of the letters that come in—remember to personalize your letter to make it stand out! The more Congress hears about our issues, the more attention they will pay! Help us make the maximum impact by involving your friends and colleagues. Once you've taken action, help us spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and the "Tell a Friend" option on the Take Action site.

Choose to advocate for yourself, your profession, and the clients you will serve.
Choose to make a difference!

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Please contact Caroline Goncalves, ASHA's associate director of federal advocacy, at cgoncalves@asha.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

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