Coordinator's Column The SIG 14 Coordinating Committee met at the end of April to review the progress that has been made on the work plan and create a strategy for meeting future goals. Prior to the meeting, I took some time to visit the offices of my state representatives and advocate ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   August 17, 2018
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Coordinator's Column   |   August 17, 2018
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Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 28-29. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.28
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 28-29. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.28
The SIG 14 Coordinating Committee met at the end of April to review the progress that has been made on the work plan and create a strategy for meeting future goals. Prior to the meeting, I took some time to visit the offices of my state representatives and advocate for two programs that I feel strongly about as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). As an undergraduate and graduate student, I had federally funded student loans that helped me pay for my tuition. I spoke about my personal experience as a first-generation college student and asked that my senators support the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, as it ensures that audiologists and SLPs meet the educational requirements of their fields. I also asked that they continue to support school-based funding by protecting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). After working in the schools for many years, I have felt the direct impact of IDEA not being fully funded and I asked that Congress keep its promise to provide up to 40% of IDEA funding. One of my staffers I spoke with, shared her personal experience of attending speech therapy as a child to work on her “r”. We spoke about how speech therapy is a special education program that is covered by IDEA and the impact on this service on individuals like herself. I left Capitol Hill feeling that I accomplished my goal of voicing the importance of my profession. If you are interested in speaking to your representatives, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Advocacy does a wonderful job of preparing you for this experience. You can find more information on ASHA's (n.d.)  Advocacy page.
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