Politics and Advocacy The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have come to a close. Labor Day has passed and so it is officially election time. As we are being inundated with ads for what may seem like dozens of candidates, it is easy to become numb to the political process. However, as ... Chat Corner
Chat Corner  |   October 01, 2000
Politics and Advocacy
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Chat Corner
Chat Corner   |   October 01, 2000
Politics and Advocacy
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2000, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/lle7.2.4
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2000, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/lle7.2.4
The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have come to a close. Labor Day has passed and so it is officially election time. As we are being inundated with ads for what may seem like dozens of candidates, it is easy to become numb to the political process. However, as professionals dedicated to serving children with special needs, speech-language pathologists and audiologists must make informed decisions when electing people who will represent our interests in the seats of power throughout this country.
The American Heritage Dictionary (3rd ed.) defines advocacy as “the act of arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy.” This edition of Chat Corner is devoted to advocacy, especially as it relates to matters that concern service delivery for children with communicative disorders. A panel of individuals with expertise in this area was interviewed for the Chat Corner. Georgene Johnson and Mary Ann Mach from the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association shared their strategies for effecting change at the state level. In 1999, the Mississippi legislature passed a bill that entitled school-based speech-language pathologists holding the certificate of clinical competence (CCC) to a $6,000 supplement. Johnson and Mach were instrumental in the passage of the bill. From the ASHA National Office, Stefanie Reeves, Director, Political Advocacy and Linda Lucas, director, Grassroots Advocacy, also participated in the interview.
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