First Steps of Advocacy Speaking for the Consumer Article
Article  |   April 01, 2000
First Steps of Advocacy
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The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics
Article   |   April 01, 2000
First Steps of Advocacy
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 21-22. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.1.21-a
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 21-22. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.1.21-a
Advocacy means to plead someone’s cause. When advocacy is successful, consumers and other affected persons are educated and know appropriate actions to take and resources to access on their own behalf; professionals in related fields are aware of the services and resources available for appropriate referral-making; the public and others who are indirectly affected become knowledgeable about the plight of the affected group; and public policy is ultimately shaped by this growing knowledge base. All national level advocacy/support organizations, such as the National Aphasia Association, the American Stroke Association, the Brain Injury Association, the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, and many others, have the three basic goals of consumer education, resource support, and public education as their mission.
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