College of Health and Human Services
BGSU student Julie Rader is featured in the following ASHA website news article.
The Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition (OSHGAC) sponsors an annual legislative breakfast to show legislators the vital services SLPs and audiologists provide consumers throughout the state. Founded in 1982, OSHGAC includes the Ohio Academy of Audiology, Ohio Council of Speech and Hearing Administrators, Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition, and Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The students' participation is funded by the OSHGAC member organizations.
The March 2009 breakfast in the statehouse atrium drew 30 audiologists and SLPs and many students from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Baldwin-Wallace College, and Ohio State University.
"We were all a little nervous about meeting the legislators when we first arrived at the breakfast," said Julie Rader, present of the BGSU chapter of the NSSLHA. After meeting and talking with Rep. Cliff Hite, however, the students felt more comfortable.
The students met with a senator and two other representatives; Rader had the opportunity to discuss early intervention with her district legislator. The students reported that the experience was positive, and said they would like to observe legislative procedures in action.