American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Advocacy Resource Guide for the Salary Supplement Initiative

Your Source for Advocating at the Local and State Level

Meeting With Decision Makers

Identifying key decision makers, understanding the budget process and being able to answer tough questions are key to having a successful interaction with decision makers. In preparation for a meeting with a decision you should:

  • Prepare a succinct and effective message for reaching your audiences such as key stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Develop a comprehensive awareness and education campaign aimed at decision-makers including administrators such special education directors and school unions responsible for district level decisions and legislators responsible for passing education-related legislation in your state.
  • Make sure that all of the SLPs and Audiologists are in agreement and have the same set of talking points and information. When appropriate, involve consumers in delivering your message.

Review these resources to help you prepare:

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