2016 Student Advocacy Day
Eastern Kentucky University Communication Disorders faculty and students recently participated in the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA) 2016 Student Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Frankfort, KY. Participants included students from training programs in speech-language pathology and audiology across the Commonwealth and members of KSHA’s Executive Council. Throughout the 2-day event, students completed a unique and interactive professional development session led by Dr. Kellie Ellis (KSHA Governmental Relations Chair) and Kate Wood (KSHA’s Lobbyist). The training included a focus on governmental structure in Kentucky, advocacy tools and techniques, and pointers for effective communication with legislators. During the event, students completed legislative visits and conducted hearing screenings to over 50 state legislators and staff. This provided the opportunity for students to educate KY legislators about the importance speech-language pathology and audiology and to discuss KSHA’s legislative and regulatory priorities.
Published on March 22, 2016