Media advisory - Experts warn of learning problems associated with noise in classrooms - Issue briefing

    OTTAWA, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - A telephone news conference and media
issue briefing with a question and answer period will take place.
    Speech and audiology professionals will be releasing information on the
dangers associated with poor classroom acoustics, as well as its impact on
teachers' vocal health. Message to be delivered by Linda Walsh, President,
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
(CASLPA), on behalf of the Concerned About Classrooms Coalition.

    What:        A telephone news conference and media issue briefing

    When:        Friday, January 23, 2009 at 11:30 am Eastern

    Why:         No building standards regulations regarding classroom
                 acoustics currently exist across Canada. Professionals from
                 across Canada will be available to answer media enquiries
                 regarding classroom acoustic conditions in their region.

    How to participate on the call:

                   Dial                     613-788-3830 / 888-789-9572
                   Participant pass code:   3280447
                            or reference Concerned About Classroom Coalition
                            Issue Briefing conference call
                            This will be an operator assisted call.

    Industy experts available to answer media questions on this call will

    Name                  Association Name         Title               Prov.
    Dr. Linda Rammage     British Columbia         Speech-Language     BC
                          Association of Speech-   Pathologist
                          Pathologists and
                          Audiologists (BCASLPA)
    Maureen Clarke        Canadian Association of  Certified Teacher   BC
                          Educators of the Deaf    of the Deaf and
                          and Hard of Hearing      Hard of Hearing
    André Lafargue        New Brunswick            Regional Manager,   NB
                          Association              Audiology &
                          of Speech-Language       Speech-Language
                          Pathologists and         Pathology, Dr
                          Audi-ologists (NBASLPA)  Everett Chalmers
                                                   Regional Hospital
    As well as speech-language professionals and audiologists from the
    following provinces: British Columbia, Newfoundland,Nova Scotia, Manitoba
    and Ontario.

    Concerned About Classrooms Coalition is a group of organizations whose
goal is to enhance the learning environment of Canadian students and the vocal
health of teachers in Canada. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Kate Poirier, CASLPA
Public Relations, Office: (613) 233-8906, Cell: (613) 889-3846

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