Drafting a Blueprint for Successful Funding in Schools Purpose: Securing funding for school based services is challenging in current economic times. Using a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) analogy, this article will help school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists (AUDs) draft and execute a blueprint plan for obtaining funding to support their services. Method: The need for school-based members to ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Drafting a Blueprint for Successful Funding in Schools
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathy Wheat
    Oklahoma City Community College, School Finance Committee Chair, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Shannon Hall-Mills
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Janet Deppe
    Director of State Advocacy, Ex-Officio for School Finance Committee, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
  • Disclosure: Financial: Kathy Wheat is the School Finance chair and program director for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program at Oklahoma City Community College.
    Disclosure: Financial: Kathy Wheat is the School Finance chair and program director for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program at Oklahoma City Community College.×
  • Nonfinancial: Kathy Wheat currently serves on ASHA’s School Finance Committee.
    Nonfinancial: Kathy Wheat currently serves on ASHA’s School Finance Committee.×
  • Disclosure: Financial: Shannon Hall-Mills is an assistant in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University.
    Disclosure: Financial: Shannon Hall-Mills is an assistant in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University.×
  • Nonfinancial: Shannon Hall-Mills has previously published in this subject area. Shannon Hall-Mills currently serves on ASHA’s School Finance Committee.
    Nonfinancial: Shannon Hall-Mills has previously published in this subject area. Shannon Hall-Mills currently serves on ASHA’s School Finance Committee.×
  • Disclosure: Financial: Janet Deppe is the director of State Advocacy at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    Disclosure: Financial: Janet Deppe is the director of State Advocacy at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.×
    Nonfinancial: Janet Deppe has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Janet Deppe has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   December 01, 2013
Drafting a Blueprint for Successful Funding in Schools
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2013, Vol. 14, 74-80. doi:10.1044/sbi14.4.75
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2013, Vol. 14, 74-80. doi:10.1044/sbi14.4.75

Purpose: Securing funding for school based services is challenging in current economic times. Using a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) analogy, this article will help school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists (AUDs) draft and execute a blueprint plan for obtaining funding to support their services.

Method: The need for school-based members to self-advocate for funding is illustrated with highlights from a recent survey of school-based SLPs and AUDs. We present a nuts-and-bolts guide to assist with efforts to secure funding for materials, equipment, and technology to best serve students within the school setting.

Conclusion: Funding goals can be reached by individual SLPs and AUDs as illustrated by a series of funding success stories.

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