Audiology Issues: Advocacy Begins at Home Advocacy in education is sharing a viewpoint and attempting to influence others. We all advocate in some manner within our individual work settings for the things we believe and need. On a daily basis we promote ourselves, program, office with immediate supervisors, department heads, and others who make a ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Audiology Issues: Advocacy Begins at Home
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  • Larry Higdon
    ASHA Vice President for Governmental and Social Policies
  • Deborah CarlsonColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Audiology Issues
Article   |   October 01, 2001
Audiology Issues: Advocacy Begins at Home
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.7
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.7
Advocacy in education is sharing a viewpoint and attempting to influence others. We all advocate in some manner within our individual work settings for the things we believe and need. On a daily basis we promote ourselves, program, office with immediate supervisors, department heads, and others who make a difference in how we perform our jobs. We often don’t consider those activities as “advocacy,” but, rather, what we have to do to survive. It is easy to advocate for ourselves in familiar surroundings, but more difficult when we must attempt to influence others outside the immediate realm of our practice. Why don’t audiologists take advocacy beyond the brick and mortar of their office? The typical answer is; “I don’t have time and don’t know how.” Fear of the unknown is a prime reason for not getting involved in advocacy efforts.
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