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It’s Time for Fall Planning
September is a time of excitement as the school year begins, students of all ages meet new teachers and classmates and we start a new class of future audiologists. It also seems to be a good time for planning. Whether you are coordinating your familys school and work activities, preparing for a new semester or fiscal year, or planning for an off-season vacation, it is time to load your calendar with upcoming events.
What are you outreach plans for this October, National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month? Have you identified area health fairs or consumer groups to provide educational materials or presentations? Have you put together public awareness materials to mail or hand out during the month? Did you know there are activity sheets that you can hand out in your waiting room or share with your childs classroom? Review the materials provided on the Academys Web site.
The AudiologyNOW! 2013 program committee and Academy staff have been hard at work since last spring planning for AN!13. This years theme, Innovate the Future of Audiology will provide an offering of more than 600 educational sessions and posters and nine hours of non-compete time with our exhibitors to learn about the latest and greatest in hearing science, clinical practice, and technology.
Mark the submission deadlines of October 10 and December 3 on your calendar and share your knowledge, expertise, programmatic successes, and research with your colleagues. Most importantly, highlight April 36 and plan to join us in Anaheim, CA, for AN!13 and the celebration of the Academys 25th anniversary.
Plan some time to review your clinical guidelines or update your clinical course offerings this fall. Have you seen the new comprehensive Audiological Guidelines for the Assessment of Hearing in Infants and Young Children approved this summer? We also have Childhood Hearing Screening Guidelines that can be very helpful when you participate in school or health fair screenings this fall. And, keep your eye out for the opportunity to participate in the widespread peer review of the revised Pediatric Amplification Guidelines.
November brings the elections and reminds us of the importance of our legislative efforts. Have you visited your congressional representatives local office or sent letters about the current Direct Access and Hearing Aid Tax credit bills. Have you sent in your contribution to the Academy PAC?
Get a jump start on the hustle bustle of the holidays with early renewal of your Academy membership. You can even customize a payment plan for your dues by contacting our membership department.Did you know you can add an eAudiology CEU package for unlimited on-demand Web seminars? We currently have over 100 Web seminar offerings.
December is the season of giving and reminds us of the important work of our favorite charities. Please remember our American Academy of Audiology Foundation as you plan those year-end donations.
The year 2013 will be upon us before we know it. Take some time this month to plan your fall activities, public awareness events, and professional advocacy efforts. As individuals, working together, we continue to promote audiologists as the preferred providers for hearing and balance wellness.