Connect Through Advocacy Alison Lemke, M.A., M.P.A., CCC-SLP ASHA Vice President for Planning Kansas Speech and Hearing Association Convention September 30, 2010 Advocate Using ASHA Resources • Advocate for Your Clients and Services. • Advocate Within ASHA. • Participate With ASHA: Advocate for Yourself, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders. Advocate for Your Clients and Services “Roles and Responsibilities of Speech- Language Pathologists in Schools” • New document, approved in May, 2010. • Includes Position Statement and companion Professional Issues Statement. • http://www.asha.org/slp/schools/prof- consult/guidelines/ Advocate for Your Clients and Services Includes: • Critical roles • Range of responsibilities • Collaboration • Leadership • Reasonable workloads • Professional preparation • Life-long learning Advocate for Your Clients and Services Use ASHA’s Evidence Based Practice Resources The goal of EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, current best evidence, and the client/patient perspective to provide high quality service reflecting the interests, values, and choices of the individuals we serve. Advocate for Your Clients and Services http://www.asha.org/members/ebp/ Advocate for Your Clients and Services The EBP Compendium of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Systematic Reviews Compiled by ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) www.asha.org/members/ebp/compendium/ Advocate for Your Clients and Services ASHA Evidence Maps Maps highlight the importance of the three components of EBP: Clinical Expertise, Current Best Evidence, and the Client/Patient Perspective www.ncepmaps.org Advocate Within ASHA Submit Questions for Development of Evidence-Based Reviews, Guidelines, Maps 1. Review list of EBSRs completed, and those in progress, at: www.asha.org/members/ebp/EBSRs.htm 2. Submit nominations for topics for future systematic reviews at: www.asha.org/members/ebp/EBSR-Topic- Nomination/ Advocate Within ASHA Contact Board of Directors (BOD) Members About Issues of Concern Members… In Touch with ASHA www.asha.org/about/governance/ Membersintouch.htm Advocate Within ASHA Submit a Resolution Used when the formal process for changing or implementing a policy is appropriate. Resolutions may be submitted by individual members of the Association. www.asha.org/about/governance/ resolutionform.htm Advocate Within ASHA Advisory Council Participation ASHA’s SLP and Audiology Advisory Councils are charged with identifying, discussing, and ranking issues of concern to members, and advising the BOD on issues for consideration as the Association engages in strategic, or forward-thinking. Advocate Within ASHA Advisory Councils- • Have 53 members each: one from each state, the District of Columbia, International, and NSSLHA. • Are elected by ASHA members in their state and profession. • AC Chairs coordinate annual meeting and online discussions and activities. • www.asha.org/about/governance/committees/AC • Kansas: Raymond Hull, Audiology AC Marla Staab, SLP AC Advocate Within ASHA Join a Multicultural Constituency Group (MCG): • Native American Caucus • National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) • Hispanic Caucus • Asian Indian Caucus • Asian Pacific Islander Caucus • L’GASP/GLBTQ Caucus Advocate Within ASHA Volunteer for an ASHA Committee or Board Sign up for the Volunteer Pool : ASHA Website- Sign In-Member Center-Get Involved!-Join the Volunteer Pool ASHA: Advocating for You, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders ASHA’s 2010 Public Policy Agenda Highest Priority Items 1. Increase recruitment and retention of professionals in all settings, and master and doctoral CSD students, using strategies to include financial aid, loan forgiveness, salary supplements, workload models, and research funding opportunities. 2. Support increased IDEA and ESEA funding for services, equipment and professional development related to students with speech, language, and hearing needs. Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Professionals in All Settings • PL 110-315, 2008: Authorized creation of program, but provided no funding for college loan forgiveness for eligible SLPs and Audiologists providing services in schools enrolling a high proportion of students living in poverty. • H.R. 209, introduced 2009: Provides for loan forgiveness to SLPs completing 5 consecutive years of service in schools whose enrollment of disadvantaged students exceeds 30%. ASHA supports this bill. Advocate Now! Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Professionals in All Settings Supporting student and faculty research careers through ASHA award programs: • ASHA research mentoring programs. • American Speech Language Hearing Foundation hosts six research grants, five graduate student scholarships. www.ashfoundation.org Support the Professions with Your Donation! ASHA’s 2010 Public Policy Agenda Additional Highest Priority Items 3. Promote improved public and private coverage policies and reimbursement rates for audiologists and SLPs across the age span, including prevention, diagnostics, habilitation, and rehabilitative treatment services and equipment. 4. Promote direct patient access and a comprehensive Medicare audiologic reimbursement benefit. Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Professionals in All Settings Salary Supplements and Workload Models Speech-Language Pathologists experience success in advocating with local school districts to improve salaries, benefits, and workloads www.asha.org/slp/schools/salaries/talk- points.htm Support IDEA and ESEA Funding for Students with Speech, Language, and Hearing Needs Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Provides for free, public education for children with disabilities. Part B= ages 3-21 Part C= ages birth-2 Support IDEA and ESEA Funding • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Provided additional funding to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and Parts B&C of the IDEA. Half of funds released in 2009, half released in July of 2010. Intended to stabilize school districts by mitigating the reduction in local revenues and state support to schools caused by the recession. Support IDEA and ESEA Funding • H.R. 3578 and S. 1652. When passed, would provide full federal funding for IDEA. • Kansas co-sponsors: • Representative Jerry Moran • Senator Pat Roberts ASHA Supports these Bills. Advocate Now! Support IDEA and ESEA Funding • Include Speech-Language Pathologists in the LEARN Act: New federal comprehensive literacy legislation introduced this year. Affects literacy provisions in the ESEA. Currently does not reflect the integral role that SLPs play in improving language and literacy skills in children. ASHA Supports SLPs in LEARN. Advocate Now! ASHA: Advocating for You, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders Advocate Now! How?? www.asha.org/advocacy “Take Action” ASHA: Advocating for You, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders • SEALS Network- To enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at state and local levels to influence administration and public policy decisions. Kansas SEAL: Karen Hubbard email@example.com ASHA: Advocating for You, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders • STAR Network: State Advocates for Reimbursement (private health plans). Stacy Gray firstname.lastname@example.org • SMAC Network: State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network (Medicare issues). Edward Schulte email@example.com ASHA: Advocating for You, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders ASHA PAC- ASHA’s Political Action Committee provides financial support to candidates for U.S. House and Senate seats who recognize the importance of speech- language pathology and audiology services and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive speech-language and hearing services. Pack a Punch for ASHA! Wine-tasting fundraiser at the 2010 ASHA convention Philadelphia, PA Wednesday, November 17 from 5-7 p.m. Philadelphia Marriott Suggested donation: $35.00 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org About this event, or making a contribution in another way Connect Through Advocacy • Advocate for Your Clients and Services • Advocate Within ASHA • Participate with ASHA: Advocate for Yourself, the Professions, and Individuals with Communication and Related Disorders How will you be an Advocate?!
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