#048: How SLPs Can Advocate at the Local, State, and National Level (Part 1)

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In this episode, I chat with my SLP bestie Kayla Redden about how she’s stepped into a leadership role, advocating for SLPs at her state level as the Secretary of the Kentucky Speech Language Hearing Association’s advocacy network.

Sounds so impressive, right? It’s also really comforting to know that our peers, like Kayla, are standing up for us and educating the world about the importance of our field! ๐Ÿ’ช

Working in a classroom, clinic, or even via telepractice, it’s pretty easy to feel alone โ€” like you’re working on a little SLP island. ๐ŸYou have the opportunity to be so independent (creating IEPs! tracking progress! building relationships!) and that can be freeing, but isn’t it nice to know that your peers, like the folks in your state’s speech and hearing association, have got your back? ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Kayla shares some ways for us all to speak up for ourselves. Whether you have the time and bandwidth to commit to sitting on your association’s executive committee, or if you just have 5 minutes a week to commit to signing petitions, and emailing your legislators – you can make a difference. Every little step matters! The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, you know? ๐Ÿ˜

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai latte!), put your feet up, and RISE UP – I mean – listen in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Key Takeaways + Topics Covered

– Advocacy Network – A platform for SLPs to be heard, develop leadership skills, feel empowered, and make changes in the systems where we operate!
– Local, state or national level involvement
– Check out what your own state association is doing, and support how you can (e.g., sign a petition, send a letter, promote their events and campaigns, volunteer).
– ASHA’s Take Action site has easy-to-complete template letters you can send.
– Complete surveys sent out by your association or ASHA. This data helps for advocacy work!
– Advocacy isn’t complaining!

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Kayla SLP on Teachers Pay Teachers
Kayla SLP blog
Kentucky Speech Language Hearing Association & IKAN
ASHA’s Take Action site

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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