Let's Get in the Game! Americans develop opinions about the governmental process. Families, schools, peer groups, mass media, and major events play a role in the process of developing opinions. For example, one peer group comprises the members of ASHA, another, the affiliates of a special interest division. These groups consist of colleagues and ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Let's Get in the Game!
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Let's Get in the Game!
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 4-5. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.3.4
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2000, Vol. 10, 4-5. doi:10.1044/nnsld10.3.4
Americans develop opinions about the governmental process. Families, schools, peer groups, mass media, and major events play a role in the process of developing opinions. For example, one peer group comprises the members of ASHA, another, the affiliates of a special interest division. These groups consist of colleagues and friends who share similar work environments and have uniform views regarding intervention for individuals with communication disorders. As a result, the peer group can influence opinions as well.
ASHA or a special interest division may also be known as an "Interest Group." In short, an interest group is composed of individuals who have shared attitudes on specific issues and who collectively try to influence governmental decisions. Although interest groups do not nominate candidates for public office, they are concerned about influencing the policies of the government by applying pressure upon public officials. Interest groups influence public policy by two fundamental methods. The first is by meeting legislators and public officials. The second is by using indirect routes involving the media to pressure policy-makers.
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