May 14th is our opportunity as an Apraxia community to shine!
CASANA has some great suggestions for celebrating the day (check out the full list HERE), including having a proclamation made by your local municipal, provincial or federal government. Currently a request is in process with the Ontario government (see previous post and sign the petition!!!) to proclaim Saturday May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day.
In 2015 Bill 102 was introduced at the Ontario legislature and it needs 2 more readings to become law. This law would proclaim that in Ontario EVERY May 14th is Apraxia Awareness Day and yearly petitions wouldn’t be necessary. Here is the video of the bill being introduced in 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPSAHLnnhAk&feature=youtu.be
Other suggestions in which we’ve participated in or observed include:
- SLPs attending school with their client with CAS to share knowledge or demonstrate a therapy session
- bake sales (especially blue treats!) to raise funds for CASANA
- homemade videos promoting awareness of CAS
- starting a neighbourhood or full Walk for Children with Apraxia – click HERE for more information
- registering or starting a team for a local Walk for Children with Apraxia – Ontario’s only walk at the time of publication is in Guelph on September 24th – click HERE for more information
- dressing in blue and posting a selfie to social media with #apraxiaawareness
- school-wide ‘dress in blue’ day with information shared over the morning announcements in days leading up to May 14th to spread awareness
What are YOU doing to observe Apraxia Awareness Day this year? Share your ideas with us, either here or on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!