IASLT are asking all members to save the date for the 3rd International DLD Day on Friday the 18th October. The theme of this day to raise awareness of DLD is: ‘DLD: You and Me’.
Step 1 Date: IASLT along with the RADLD (Raising Awareness of DLD) movement really want to make this DLD Day the biggest and best DLD awareness day so far! In order to help spread awareness across the country we are aiming to have awareness raising events in many work locations from schools to preschools, to hospitals and health centres. Why not plan an activity for your workplace with your colleagues? See www.radld.org for inspiration on possible events or activities. IASLT will also be sharing some posters, leaflets and other resources in the coming weeks. Last year we had many events across the country such as SLTs presenting to their interdisciplinary colleagues on the topic of DLD, DLD themed coffee mornings and parents of children with DLD along with SLTs giving out information leaflets in local health centres.
Step 2 Twitter: We are asking that SLT across the country set up a Twitter account (if you don’t already have one) as we are hoping the Irish campaign will be more visible on Twitter this year. Do make sure to tag @iaslt, @IASLPeeps in your tweets and to use the hash tags #devlangdis and #DLDYouAndMe when tweeting about DLD day.
Step 3 Influencers & Local Politicians/Celebs: We would also ask SLTs to get their thinking caps on as to who (i.e. popular influencers, politicians, local ‘celebrities’) you can link with to get a wider reach across Ireland on social media via re-tweeting!
Step 4 Speech Bubbles: We have attached two speech bubble templates which you can use with children, young people and families (in the weeks leading up to the 18th October) to capture their experiences of DLD e.g. what does DLD mean to you; what can we do to help (i.e. useful strategies) in written or picture format. These can be used as part of DLD displays in work settings as part of the campaign this year to spread awareness of the lived experience of DLD. Thanks to Niamh Rowland SLT who has kindly shared these speech bubbles.
Step 5 Light up a Landmark: The goal for DLD Day is to increase awareness and recognition of DLD within the wider community by shining a light on this hidden disability. RADLD and IASLT are interested in pursuing possibilities for “light up” events with key landmarks around Ireland. A letter template is attached that you can use to start the conversation with people in landmark buildings close to you.