Advocacy is the essential and necessary means by which ASHA and affiliated state associations support and advance the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology in the areas of public policy, political action and popular opinion.
Why is Advocacy Essential?
Advocacy is used to:
…others to support our issues!
Why is Advocacy Necessary?
“If you are wondering whether or not to communicate your views…, consider that others who disagree with you are doing so constantly.”
Keys to Successful Advocacy
Member “buy in” and active participation
Communication and collaboration
Begins with the annual ASHA Public Policy Agenda, which identifies “what” public policy issues are important to the professions
Priority areas include:
Professional Practice and Workforce
Patient, Client, and Student
Continues with ASHA’s Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) cluster, which identifies “how” the Public Policy Agenda’s priorities can be meaningfully advanced in the current political and fiscal climate – both in Washington and in state capitals nationwide
The GAPP cluster identifies concrete objectives to achieve for each priority
Each objective has a strategy that includes engaging ASHA members as partners in advocacy!
You Make A Difference!
Members have the strongest voice when it comes to advocacy:
Share your professional/personal stories about how issues impact you and those you serve
Exercise your right as a constituent (and someone who votes) to let your voice be heard
Successful Advocacy Produces Results
Repeal of the cap on therapy services under Medicare, Part B
Bipartisan effort in Congress to expand Medicare coverage of and improve access to audiology services
Increases in school funding
Equitable health care payment rates
Multi-state effort to establish an interstate compact
Bipartisan effort in Congress to support a diversified workforce
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.