Become An Advocate
After reviewing the information on this website
and learning more about these important auditory learning considerations,
you may wish to advocate for the integration of sound enhancement
technology at your own school or throughout your school district.
Here are some suggested steps to becoming an advocate for recognizing
these important hearing issues and improving the auditory learning
environment in your school(s).
Learn as much as you can about this issue and the pros and cons
of sound enhancement technology.
Information is widely available on this topic and our organization
is here to help. Feel free to download our tri-fold brochure which
provides a comprehensive overview of the problems and the classroom
sound enhancement solution in a concise single page format.
You can use this as a handout when describing the issue to others
to reinforce your points. Get the brochure here.
To download a copy, right-click the link and choose Save.
Put this information together in a simple easy to understand format
that highlights the problem, the solution, and the benefits to everyone.
The format for your information will depend on who you are trying
to reach. Again, ECH is here to help you with this task.
Share this information with all of the relevant individuals at your
school or within your school district.
If you are simply trying to have your school become sound enhanced,
talk with the school's principal, a School Improvement Team, and
your local PTA. Bring as many parents and teachers into your advocacy
plan as possible. Many voices go a lot farther than just one. Also,
disseminate the information to your child's teachers, school audiologist,
school speech and language pathologist, representative for your
district on the School Board, and city/county council representatives,
Do not assume that people already know about these
issues or the idea of sound enhancement. Many do not, and those
that claim they do, frequently have inaccurate information or have
had the unfortunate experience with an inferior product. This is
your opportunity to set the record straight.
Be prepared for concerns over the cost.
An immediate concern will be the cost, particularly for a district
who must consider that if it is as good as they say, all the schools
will want to be sound enhanced. Be prepared with some suggestions
- Develop a pilot program to prove that it works in your district
and then use the positive results to raise money in the community.
- Staggered implementation, beginning in the lower grades spread
throughout the school community. Add a grade each year as successes
- Tap into corporate, state and federal grants, such as those
relating to Title I under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Don't give up! Change takes time. Continued education will lead
to understanding and eventual improvement. Attend and speak at local
Board of Education meetings, education and city/county public budget
meetings, and city/county public council meetings.
When appropriate, consider using the local media as an opportunity
to educate the community. Caution: Make sure your purpose is
to inform on facts, not to pass opinions or criticism onto public
Finally, if you want to help our mission on a larger
scale, please refer to the Regional Support
or the Join Our Mission pages of this website.