People across Canada are sharing stories about the impact that speechlanguage pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants have had on their lives as part of a Speech and Hearing Month social media campaign, led by the Pan-Canadian Alliance (PCA) of speechlanguage pathology and audiology associations.

Speech and Hearing Month takes place every May in Canada. Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) leads this initiative to raise public awareness about the importance of communication health. Today, the PCA published a video compilation of people talking about the way speech-language pathologists and audiologists have helped them.

“My speech-language pathologist teaches me about my ‘S’ sounds,” says one girl in the video. “My audiologist helps protect my hearing. I’ve been a musician for 20 years and she fit me with musician’s earplugs and in-ear monitors,” another man explains.

SAC is encouraging people all over the country to take part in the campaign. Anyone who has had experience with a communication disorder can record a short video about their speech-language pathologist, audiologist or communication health assistant. They can film the video in any language and post it on social media with the hashtag #maymonthstories.

“It’s very moving to hear stories about the profound difference that communication health professionals have made in people’s lives,” says Jerri-Lee MacKay, SAC Chair. “It’s easy to overlook the pivotal role that communication plays in day-to-day life, but it’s incredibly important to our relationships — both personal and professional. The opportunity to help those with communication disorders is the biggest reason people decide to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist or communication health assistant.”

Throughout May, the Pan-Canadian Alliance hopes to collect as many stories from across Canada as possible to demonstrate how communication health professionals change lives.

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