How to Get Involved in Legislative Advocacy

State-level legislative changes have the power to shape our daily practice in many ways. As therapists -- occupational, physical, or speech -- we have years of expertise to talk about legislative issues that impact therapists and our delivery of care on a daily basis. Therapists are also constituents who are able to vote and stay active in their communities. It's vital that therapists participate in advocacy efforts, both for our profession and our patients.

One part of becoming more active in Tennessee advocacy efforts would be to check out the TAASLP Advocacy booth at this year's convention on October 6-7 in Knoxville!

TAASLP Advocacy and Legislative Affairs will have a table set up highlighting legislature that was approved this past year with your help. TAASLP will be conducting surveys regarding your priorities along with information on upcoming legislative items. 

The advocacy team will also be sharing ways you can stay involved and connected to what is going on at the state level. You will learn how to find and contact your state representatives and how the legislative process and lobbying works.

Legislative priorities are determined by input from you as well as state and national legislation. 

Your voice matters!

Get involved, advocate and partner with other professionals by stopping by the TAASLP Advocacy table at this year's convention!

Not yet registered for the convention? Go to to register now!

Can't attend the convention but want to find ways to plug in to advocacy? 

  1. Learn more about TAASLP Advocacy
  2. Learn more about ASHA Advocacy and sign up for their Advocacy Newsletter:
  3. Learn how to be an Advocate
  4. Sign up to express interest for the TAASLP Advocacy Committee:
  5. Share your Advocacy Concerns:

Jessica Lenden-Holt, M.A., CCC-SLP