Virtual Advocacy Day, April 15, 2016

Advocating on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology!

Spend 3 minutes... Impact your Future!

A huge thank you to all who participated in the last Virtual Advocacy Day! We had 798 activists send out 1,787 messages to Capitol Hill!

Students and NSSLHA chapters from every state joined together to petition Congress on behalf of audiology and speech-language pathology on Friday, April 15, 2016.

ASHA hosted students from CSD programs in the surrounding Washington, DC, area to convene on Capitol Hill to advocate for issues ranging from student loan forgiveness to telehealth. The day began with a briefing on Capitol Hill about effective talking points and protocol when meeting with the representatives.

Even if students were not in the Washington, DC area they were encouraged to make a difference by logging into ASHA's Take Action site on April 15 to take part in this united effort to ensure the future vitality of the professions. Participating in an advocacy activity also counts toward one of the requirements for NSSLHA 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 key ASHA issues you wish to take action on.
  3. Enter in your contact information. Based on your address, the system will automatically identify your members of Congress.
  4. Edit the letter to your liking. The more personalized information and stories you provide, the more effective the communication.
  5. Select "Submit."
  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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If your program would like to participate in ASHA's Student Hill Day, please contact Erik Lazdins, ASHA's associate director of grassroots member engagement, at [email protected] or 202-624-8198.