May is an International Month of Action for ICP 2014; founding organisations have planned a number of events to raise awareness of communication disorders.
All Founding Organisations
- ICP 2014 Thunderclap | May 11, 8:00 p.m. UTC/GMT
Add your voice to the ICP 2014 Thunderclap and help spread the message that communication is vital to life. Thunderclap combines social media reach so people all around the world will hear about ICP 2014 and communication.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Press Release | May 1
May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month—ASHA to Launch New Public Education Resources About Communication Disorders and Benefits of Early Intervention
- Podcasts | May 1-31
Release of four podcasts featuring ASHA experts discussing newborn hearing screening and follow up; noise-induced hearing loss in children; communication issues related to autism; and building language and literacy skills in children during the summer months.
- Google Hangout | May 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT
Google Hangout will focus on the importance of early detection and intervention in treatment of communication disorders; featuring experts from ASHA, the U.S. Department of Education, and Easter Seals
- AARP National Conference | May 8-10
ASHA will exhibit at the AARP National Conference in Boston, gathering signatures in support of the Declaration of Communication Rights.
- Twitter Party | May 20, Noon-1:00 p.m. EDT
Hosted by parenting blogger Michele McGraw (@scrappinmichele), ASHA experts will be on hand to discuss early detection of speech and hearing disorders in children. Follow #BHSMChat to participate.
Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT)
- Local & Regional Events | May 5-11
IASLT members will host events to raise public awareness around communication disorders. Events may include signing the pledge and providing information exhibits in workplaces, sharing speech bubbles online, promoting the project to other related organisations, videoblogging, etc.
New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA)
- Follow the Mic Tour | Starting May 5
Follow “Mic”—the official mascot of ICP 2014 in New Zealand—as he winds his way throughout the country, spreading the message of the project and gathering signatures in support of the Declaration of Communication Rights.
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
- Signing the Pledge at Parliament | Date TBD
RCSLT CEO Kamini Gadhok, and the Communication Trust’s Director Anne Fox will visit the Houses of Parliament to collect signatures from parliamentarians in support of the Declaration of Communication Rights.
- Promotion Around London | May 16
Kamini Gadhok and Anne Fox will travel throughout London in a traditional black taxi customized with the ICP 2014 logo, visiting 20+ partner organisations and charities with a giant pledge to sign.
- Encouraging Member Participation | May 1-31
RCSLT will encourage members to arrange visits for local decision makers to observe their SLT services, showcasing the benefits of speech and language therapy, as well as signing the pledge. Members will also be encouraged to submit a video blog talking about their role as a SLT.
- ICP-Varsity | May 1-31
University student groups will be encouraged to organise events on their campuses with a competition for gaining the most pledge signatures. More information can be found at Giving Voice.
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC)
- VOICE’s 50th Anniversary Conference: Building on the Past for the Future | May 3
SAC will provide ICP 2014 bookmarks—providing an overview of the project and ideas to get involved—to all delegates.
- Day on the Hill | May 7
SAC’s advocacy day on Parliament Hill will bring together members, politicians and key decision-makers in an effort to raise the profile of the professions and communication health in general.
- 50th Anniversary SAC Conference | May 7-10
Communication health professionals from across Canada will gather in the nation’s capital for a comprehensive education program and connect with leaders in speech-language pathology and audiology.
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association National Conference | May 22-24
SAC will represent ICP 2014, telling delegates about the project, encouraging them to sign the pledge, and asking them why they think communication should be a recognized as a basic human right.
- Student Participation Contest | Deadline: May 30
Student members are challenged to show support for ICP 2014 by spreading the word about the project at their schools or in their communities.
Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)
- Local and Regional Events | May 5-11
SPA members will host small activities to promote the importance of communication and the impact communication disorders have on people’s lives. Activities include signing the ICP 2014 Pledge, contacting local members of parliament, hosting five minutes without words, and sharing “speech bubbles.”
Sponsored by the founding organisations of ICP 2014.