State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language hearing associations to advocate on education issues. These issues may include caseload/workload, salary supplements, and maintenance of personnel standards in school settings. SEALs can be speech-language pathologists or audiologists. The State Education Advocacy Leaders were established in 1999 under ASHA's Priorities. The mission of the SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.
SEALS accomplish this mission by
- Serving as a conduit for information and strategy sharing with other state SEALs, ASHA, ArSHA, and other state or local education committees.
- Establishing, in coordination with ArSHA and ASHA, effective linkages with fellow school based SLPs and audiologists, parent and consumer groups, and education agencies.
- Serving as a resource regarding IDEA and ADE requirements.
- Serving as a catalyst for effective advocacy at the state, local, and national level using ASHA’s Take Actions Site and ASHA and ArSHA’s Facebook and Websites.
Also check out ArSHA’s Facebook page for notices of free ASHA web chats (live and replay), practice portal links, and news from the SEALs.