GSHA Day at the Capitol 2024

Join GSHA at the Gold Dome!  Engage with lawmakers and connect with our colleagues and friends for GSHA’s Day at the Capitol on Monday, January 22, 2024 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST. We are proud to have Sarah Rapillard as an invited speaker for ASHA CEU credit during our Day at the Capitol events.

What you need to know to attend our event from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Monday January 22, 2024:

GSHA has a table in the South Wing from 8:00am-12:00pm

GSHA has Room 216 reserved from 9:00am-11:00am

The CE event will be from 9:00am-10:00am

There are metal detectors at the entrances much like you encounter at the airport - DO NOT bring anything in which will be confiscated or otherwise trigger the machines. Do not bring guns.

You must have a photo ID to enter (driver's license or passport)

Parking is available usually at the corner lot of Capitol Ave. and Memorial Drive. Another choice is the Pete Hackney lot (it is closer to Grady). Lots do require payment; credit cards only are used in the decks - NO cash.

Georgia State Capitol
206 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

ASHA Continuing Education Information

Advocacy in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Navigating Current Issues and Building Effective Strategies
January 22, 2024; 9:00-10:00 Georgia State Capitol
Presented by: Sarah Rapillard, M.S., CCC-SLP

Abstract: This continuing education course aims to equip speech-language pathologists and audiologists with the essential skills to become effective advocates for their professions. Participants will delve into the critical importance of advocacy by identifying five compelling reasons why it matters in the context of speech-language pathology and audiology. Through an exploration of current issues facing these professions, participants will gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities for advocacy.

The course will also provide practical guidance on preparing for in-person meetings with legislators and lobbyists. Participants will learn at least three strategic approaches to ensure their advocacy efforts are not only impactful but also well-prepared. By the end of the course, participants will be empowered to navigate the complex landscape of advocacy, contributing to the advancement and sustainability of speech-language pathology and audiology.

This comprehensive learning experience will foster a deeper understanding of the role of advocacy in shaping policy and promoting the interests of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Join us in this engaging and informative course to enhance your advocacy skills and make a positive impact on the future of your profession.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify 5 reasons why advocacy matters as it relates to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.
Discuss current issues facing the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology
Discuss strategies at least 3 strategies used to prepare for in-person meeting with legislators and/or lobbyists

Time Ordered Agenda:
9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
9:15 am - 9:30 am: Understanding the Importance of Advocacy in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
9:30 am - 9:45 am: Navigating Current Issues in the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
9:45 am - 10:00 am: Open Discussion

Instructional Level: Introductory

Speaker Biography: Sarah Rapillard is a private practice owner and speech-language pathologist located in Southeast Georgia. Her practice, Coastal Plain Therapy & Wellness, provides adult-focused, outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services to the local community including mobile FEES and videostroboscopy. She currently serves as GSHA’s president-elect and Georgia’s StAMP representative. She has held various executive council roles in the past.

Financial: Sarah has no relevant financial disclosures.
Non-financial: Sarah is a member of GSHA’s current executive council and is Georgia’s current StAMP representative.