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 Public Outreach Committee compiled several 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.
Advocacy and You: A Difference is One Choice Away (PPT)
Developing a 30 Second and 1 Minute Message
The Importance of Audiology Advocacy (PPT)
Advocacy Roleplaying Scenarios: Meeting with Your Legislator
Tips on Writing Your Legislator
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Legislative Action Center
The Academy's advocacy efforts seek to educate and shape national policies regarding hearing health care issues, while raising the profile of audiologists with public policy makers. The SAA encourages all of its members to utilize its advocacy resources to learn about initiatives and get involved! Contact your member of Congress through the Legislative Action Center or learn more about reaching out to federal candidates by contributing to the Academy’s Political Action Committee (PAC). Do your part to ensure the voice of audiology is heard on the Capitol Hill!
Planning an Advocacy Trip
Several SAA chapters from Texas planned and executed a highly successful advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. They have generously provided a copy of their 2018 trip schedule and a financial breakdown for other interested chapters to reference. These documents can be used as templates and/or examples from which your SAA chapter can build your own unique advocacy trip suited to your interests and resources. To coordinate with the American Academy of Audiology on an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., please contact Susan Pilch, Director of Government Relations.