We are all capable of being advocates for our profession. The SAA Public Outreach Committee has developed resources to help students and professionals alike become advocates, learn about policy, and educate patients and the public about audiology.
In order for current and future audiologists to advocate for the profession, and do so effectively, it is necessary that they become informed about legislation pertaining to audiology before taking action. But where to start? The SAA Advocacy Committee has compiled a few resources to help make the task of advocating more approachable, thus enabling students to educate themselves on complex issues for discussion on the local and national levels.
The SAA Public Outreach Committee is excited to bring advocacy alerts to SAA members in the hopes of providing an opportunity for engagement, empowerment, and leadership among future professionals in audiology.
"Ask Me About Audiology" Campaign
In celebration of October being National Audiology Awareness Month, the SAA Public Outreach Committee challenged all SAA Chapters to advocate for audiology by participating in the second annual "Ask Me About Audiology" Campaign on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The goal of the campaign is to bring audiology awareness down to the local level and encourage consumers to ask questions about audiology and hearing related issues.
National Day At Your State Capitol Day (NDAYSCD)
Every year between January and May, state legislators convene in their corresponding state's capitol to participate in the process of lawmaking known has legislative sessions. During this time, members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to reserve space within their state's capitol to converse with their state legislators about those issues that they are most passionate about and/or directly affect their quality of life, whether on a person, professional, or global level. This is where YOU come in! The SAA Public Outreach Committee is challenging you to take advocacy to the next level in your own states and allow your voices to be heard where it matters most - upon the ears of your state's legislators! Resources have been provided to guide you on your advocacy adventure so click the header to get started!