The following are suggested activities to raise awareness about communication disorders and your services during Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). Read about how your ASHA colleagues have recognized BHSM in the Share Your Stories section of the ASHA website. Submit new stories to [email protected].
Reach out to the media. ASHA provides press release templates for both SLPs [DOC] and audiologists [DOC], media advisory templates for both SLPs [DOC] and audiologists [DOC], and the Identify the Signs campaignmember toolkit [PDF], all of which can be adapted and used in reaching out to local media for a story on early detection. Local public affairs shows are a good venue to approach about becoming a guest and speaking about recognizing the signs of a communication disorder, in light of the national Identify the Signs awareness campaign. A community newspaper may be willing to run a guest column/health piece on communication disorders in kids.
Visit your local legislators and/or organize a state advocacy day. ASHA offers tips and advice on how to set up and conduct a successful meeting with your state legislator. Contact the ASHA state advocacy team [PDF] with questions. You also may choose to invite legislators to observe what you do in your work setting.