Headquarter's Report: Members Make the Difference —Let’s Make 2016 the Year of Autonomy

Author: Stephanie Czuhajewski, Executive Director

The autonomous practice of audiology and practitioner excellence go hand in hand, and are central to ADA’s core mission. ADA members demonstrate these principles daily in their individual practices—and have proven time and again that they are also able to do so in concert, to achieve monumental goals. For example, 350 ADA members recently came together at the ADA Convention in Washington D.C. In three days, they had more than 140 meetings with staffers from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to advocate for H.R. 2519, they raised more than $120,000 to support advocacy initiatives that foster autonomy and best practices in patient care and they mentored more than 30 Au.D. students. ADA members have been long-recognized as audiology’s innovators, dreamers, doers, envelope pushers and catalysts—people who don’t take no for an answer but who do take the initiative to change the profession for the better! Every member matters and together we can take autonomous practice to the next level in 2016!
AuDvocate and Participate
  • Advocacy means giving voice to a particular interest or need—the act of actively supporting a cause, idea or policy. Audiology needs your voice to be heard now more than ever! Please contact your legislators and ask for their support of H.R. 2519. Visit 18x18.org for more information.
  • Please consider serving as an ADA State AuDvocate. ADA State AuDvocates help monitor legislative and regulatory issues at the state level and serve as a conduit of information to and from ADA on key issues. Please contact me at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org for more information about this exciting opportunity.
  • Serve on an ADA Committee—ADA is currently seeking committee members for the following committees: Education, Awards, Mentoring and Practice Resource Development. Please contact Cody Jones at cjones@audiologist.org if you are interested in serving.
  • Mentors Make a Difference—if you are interested in shaping the future of audiology, please serve as a short- or long-term ADA mentor for an audiology student or a new practitioner. Please contact Courtney Devine at cdevine@audiologist.org for more information.
  • ADA is currently seeking authors for future issues of Audiology Practices. Regular content areas include business practices, diagnosis and treatment, professional issues and a resource center. Please contact me at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org for more information.
ADA’s primary goals are to ensure that ADA members will have the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to achieve an ownership position in professional practices; and to ensure that ADA members have access to the information, education and relationships that reflect and support best clinical and business practices.

ADA members are both the foundation and the driving force behind these goals—and it is only with your help that they can be achieved. Please make a New Year’s resolution to become (or remain) active in ADA—and be part of the AuDiology Revolution that will make 2016 the Year of Autonomy!