Working to Influence Public Policy Through Grassroots Advocacy There are a variety of ways in which ASHA Division 2 members can advocate at the federal level for the professions and individuals with communication disorders through grassroots advocacy. These activities are rewarding, effective, educational, and do not require a major time commitment. Advocacy, in essence, is using a variety ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Working to Influence Public Policy Through Grassroots Advocacy
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  • Linda S. Lucas
    Grassroots Advocacy, ASHA
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Working to Influence Public Policy Through Grassroots Advocacy
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 13-15. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.3.13
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 13-15. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.3.13
There are a variety of ways in which ASHA Division 2 members can advocate at the federal level for the professions and individuals with communication disorders through grassroots advocacy. These activities are rewarding, effective, educational, and do not require a major time commitment. Advocacy, in essence, is using a variety of organized methods to influence or achieve a public policy goal. Advocacy tactics can include face-to-face meetings, writing letters and emails, making phone calls, and working with the media to publicize issues and tell what should be done about them.
HealthNet and EdNet, ASHA’s issues networks, offer an easy way to participate in the legislative process. Several times a year, Action Alerts are sent to members interested in health care (HealthNet), education (EdNet) or both types of issues. Responding to these calls for action, ASHA members can make their views known by writing, calling, or emailing their legislators.
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