Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Canada (SAC) raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) for international #DLDday on Friday 14 October 2022.
Developmental Language Disorder is a hidden but common disability that affects 1 in 14 people causing difficulties understanding and using language for no known reason. In Canada, there are approximately 2.6 million people with DLD. DLD is a lifelong problem and affects people of all ages.
What is language? Language is an essential element of communication. Language includes talking, understanding, reading, writing, and reasoning with words in one’s own language. Language is key to learning at school, and essential for socialization and self-esteem. Language skills are part of the foundations that make us citizens of our community. It can be challenging for people with DLD to learn, find and hold on to jobs, establish relationships, and do other day-to-day activities involving language.
The 2022 DLDday theme is Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability. People do not grow out of DLD but with individualized supports that can include regular speech-language therapy and educational adjustments they can thrive. It’s about growing with DLD.
Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD), the lead organization who coordinates international DLDday are advocating for increased recognition and support for people with DLD across their lifespan. RADLD Canada and SAC are joining together to raise awareness of DLD in Canada.
“People with DLD are 6 times more likely to suffer from anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression. They are also at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling and mathematics. Although DLD is a common condition affecting many areas of life, people with DLD are unlikely to receive access to services,” said Stephen Parsons, Chair of RADLD.
Join us in raising awareness of DLD. Developmental Language Disorder Day #DLDday, now in its sixth year, is celebrated annually around the world with more than 40 countries involved.
Visit radld.org for more information and resources.
For more information contact:
François Gosselin (French), DLD working in the field of awareness
438-520-8505 (Cell phone and WhatsApp)
Caitlin Malli (English)
Speech-Language Pathologist, R.SLP