The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumers and Associations as Partners The Miami Association of Communication Specialists (MACS), a regional group of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, initiated a series of Consumer Forums and Workshops. The forums provided information about resources available in the community and surrounding counties and the workshops provided information about specific communication disorders. Brochures in English, Spanish, and ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2000
The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumers and Associations as Partners
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The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics
Article   |   June 01, 2000
The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumers and Associations as Partners
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2000, Vol. 10, 26. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.2.26
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2000, Vol. 10, 26. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.2.26
The Miami Association of Communication Specialists (MACS), a regional group of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, initiated a series of Consumer Forums and Workshops. The forums provided information about resources available in the community and surrounding counties and the workshops provided information about specific communication disorders. Brochures in English, Spanish, and Creole were shared with audiences. In addition, during the forum, a segment was spent on describing state legislative issues requiring consumer support. The audience was eager to learn and willing to support a variety of state legislative issues. At the end of the program, the members of the Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee distributed postcards to the audience with information on upcoming legislation. The postcards were pre-addressed to senators and representatives for ease in mailing. In addition, model letters written by consumers who had suffered head injuries were displayed. Although it took a little planning and cooperation from speech-language pathologists and audiologists across all settings, the MACS group was able to organize a true grassroots effort to stimulate consumer advocacy.
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