TORONTO, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - High school and elementary students across
Canada are being encouraged to "dress loud" on Friday, May 2 to raise
awareness for hearing loss during Speech and Hearing Awareness Month.
Advocacy group VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children is encouraging
students to get out their loudest, wildest, wackiest clothing on Dress
Loud Day and to donate a toonie (or more) to VOICE and the cause of
hearing loss awareness. Businesses are encouraged to Dress Loud at
their offices too and learn how they can support persons with hearing
loss in their workplace.
"Dress Loud Day is a fun way for us to get students, teachers, parents
and the general public involved in raising awareness that the children
who are deaf can, with the aid of assistive devices, learn to hear,
listen and speak," says Norah-Lynn McIntyre, Executive Director of
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children. "It is important for children with
hearing loss to have the understanding and support of teachers and
peers to foster a healthy environment leading to academic success and
All participating schools will receive a donation box and can choose to
stage Dress Loud Day either on May 2 or any other day in May that is
suitable for their school. Each school will receive posters and
educational materials from VOICE to spread the word on the campaign.
Individuals and businesses that wish to donate to the cause or learn
more about the campaign can do so by visiting the VOICE website at www.voicefordeafkids.com. All funds raised will go directly to VOICE for Hearing Impaired
Children to assist with the charity's work to support children and
families affected by hearing loss.
Approximately three out of every 1,000 babies born have some degree of
hearing loss and others have progressive hearing loss. VOICE helps
make it possible for these children to be successfully integrated into
mainstream education programs and into a hearing society.
Throughout Speech and Hearing Awareness Month, students and teachers
will learn techniques on how to best support children who have hearing
loss and will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive
activities to help them understand what it's like to have impaired
About Voice for Hearing Impaired Children
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children has been advocating on behalf of
children with hearing disabilities in Canada for the past 50 years.
Established in the early '60s by a group of Toronto parents, VOICE
offers support to families with children who are deaf and hard of
hearing. The organization runs programs and services for children with
hearing loss and their families in the four main areas of parent
support, public education, advocacy and auditory-verbal therapy.
As a registered Canadian charity, VOICE has thrived over the years and
has developed into one of the largest parent support organizations for
families of children with hearing loss in Canada.
SOURCE: VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children
For further information:
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children