Academy Joins State Legislators from Across the United States at NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) held their annual Legislative Summit in Chicago, IL from August 8-11, 2016. Each year, the NCSL Legislative Summit brings together thousands of state legislators, legislative staff, and stakeholders from a range of industries, organizations and corporations to exchange ideas and engage on important federal and state issues. At this meeting, the NCSL develops policy directives and resolutions that help to shape the organization’s advocacy agenda before Congress and the Administration. The Academy exhibited at this meeting for the tenth consecutive year. Each year represents a new opportunity to reach more legislators and share information about the profession of audiology and the Academy’s state advocacy efforts. At this meeting, the Academy discussed issues related to newborn hearing screenings and early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs, the problematic Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship program for hearing aid dispensers, and shared our public policy resolutions on a number of topics meant to inform legislators and influence state policies.
By participating in this meeting, the Academy seeks to bring awareness to the profession and the important role that audiologists play in providing high quality health care to patients and members of the community. The Academy encourages all of its members to continue these educational efforts by becoming involved in their state academy and advocating for audiology on the state level. Learn more about the Academy’s State Network Subcommittee and their work on state level advocacy.