Ottawa, ON - May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. Many of us take our abilities to hear and speak for granted but as Hosea Ballou said, "every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character." Communication skills are vital to our fundamental development and the function of our everyday lives, yet millions of Canadians and their families live with the challenges of speech, language and hearing disorders.
The month of May has long been celebrated across North America to praise the triumphs of individuals with communication disorders and recognize the professionals that assist them.
Speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel are trained professionals who work with people of all ages dealing with issues related to speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and other related disorders. Whether working with a hearing impaired child or an elderly person after a stroke, their goal is to help clients achieve an enhanced quality of life.
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) represents more than 5,400 communication professionals and dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness of the professions and many issues surrounding communication disorders. Watch for exciting May Month events in your community such as hearing screenings, speech clinics and other activities listed on our online coming events calendar.
We'll also be honouring 100 members, joining 636 others, that have belonged to the association for more than 25 years. Check out our website to see who is on the list from your community.