ASHA/NSSLHA Student Hill Day 2012 was a success! On April 2nd 2012, the NSSLHA Board, along with over 100 fellow speech-language pathology and audiology students had the opportunity to meet with our state representatives and senators on Capitol Hill to discuss legislature important for the future of our profession. With the help of the ASHA Federal Advocacy team, over 250 visits were conducted to bring audiology and speech-language pathology issues to the offices of those who represent us. This means that students are impacting how these offices think about our services. We were able to talk about what we do, the individuals who makes our jobs so special, and what legislation would truly allow us to help others more efficiently and effectively. Even as students, we can impact federal legislation, which affects the future of our profession.
ASHA provides an abundance of information regarding current legislation and how each of us can get involved at the state and federal level. Even if a visit to Capitol Hill is not an option, a letter, email, or phone call is a great opportunity to let your Members of Congress know what’s important to his/her constituents. You can visit the ASHA Take Action Center for more information. It is never too early to begin advocating for our chosen professions. Even as students, we are also voting members and we can have an impact on how services are rendered. If you are interested in participating in future Student Hill Day visits, please contact Caroline Goncalves with the Federal Advocacy Team at ASHA at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Imagine the impact we can have if the Student Hill Day gets bigger and bigger each year? Speak out and be heard by those who represent you and take charge of our professional future!
Ellen Crowell Poland, AuD/PhD Student, East Carolina University NSSLHA Executive Board Member-at-Large and Caleb McNiece, AuD Student, University of Memphis NSSLHA Executive Board Region 3 Councilor, wrote this piece for ASHAsphere.