#049: How SLPs Can Advocate at the Local, State, and National Level (Part 2)

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Well I don’t know about the rest of you, but I felt so fired up after last week’s conversation with Kayla Redden that I just had to dive a little deeper into advocacy! And, since it’s Better Hearing and Speech Month, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to celebrate and connect with another total SLP-boss – Dr. Lyndsey Zurawski.

Dr. Zurawski works as a speech-language pathologist and diagnostician in The School District of Palm Beach County, and you’ve likely read her major blog, Speech to the Core. As the recent past President of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, she’s got a ton of ideas and experience when it comes to standing up and being heard! ✊🏼

If all this talk of advocacy makes you feel some major impostor syndrome (ME, stand up at the STATE level and talk about why SLPs should have smaller caseloads!? 😱), you can take a deep breath. This might not be the season of your life when you have the time, energy, experience, expertise to stand up at the podium (literal or figurative!) and call the world to action, and that is totally fine.

But, as Lyndsey shares with us, there are so many ways you can support those forefront leaders, even from the safety of your kitchen table. (Spoiler – ASHA makes it super easy to write to elected officials. They’ve already written the letters, so you can just sign and send!)

And, someday down the road, when you’re waiting, buzzing with excitement, to see if you’ve been elected the new President of your association, you’ll be so proud of yourself for taking your first baby steps into advocacy. Remember to thank us in your acceptance speech! 😉

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai latte!), put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways + Topics Covered

– Advocacy – Taking part in or supporting an action to recommend or support a cause or issue
– There are lots of networks and resources out there to get you started. For Lyndsey, it was the ASHA Leadership Development Program.
– Attending conferences, meetings (virtual or IRL), and presentations are great networking opportunities. Talk to others who have taken leadership roles, and they may have ideas of how you can get involved!
– We all have full plates. How much time do you have to commit, and is this the right season of your life to get deeply involved?
– A simple way of advocating is using your social media platform to share articles or petitions.
– There’s no contribution that’s “too small.” Think about what issue fires you up and contact your state association to see how you can support change.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Speech to the Core
Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
ASHA Leadership Development Program
ASHA Special Interest Groups
ASHA Student to Empowered Professional program
ASHA Advocacy Group on Facebook

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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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