Thompson Tables Legislation to Raise Awareness for Childhood Apraxia of Speech
QUEEN’S PARK – Yesterday in the legislature, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson tabled Bill 131, An Act to proclaim Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day, in order to raise awareness for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). The Bill, which successfully passed First Reading, seeks to proclaim May 14th as Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day.
“The first step in treating any disorder or illness is being aware. Raising awareness for Childhood Apraxia of Speech will help to improve services at home, in schools and in the community,” said Thompson. “It also helps generate earlier diagnoses of the disorder among children, allowing families to access these supports quicker and more effectively.”
CAS is a motor speech disorder that affects the way in which children pronounce sounds, syllables and words. Children diagnosed with CAS know what they want to say, but have difficulties transmitting signals from the brain to the body parts needed for speech.
“I want to thank the numerous families and people who have expressed their support for this initiative by submitting petitions. It’s important that their voices are heard. I was immensely disappointed in the response that the Minister of Children and Youth Services sent back to these families, and I know others were too. It’s why I decided to take action. It’s important that we stand up for everybody, and raising awareness for this disorder is just one of the many ways we can do that.”
To view Bill 131, and track its status, click here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=4855
To sign the petition, click here: http://lisathompsonmpp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Petition-on-Speech-Language-Pathologists-and-Childhood-Apraxia-of-Speech.pdf
To watch Lisa table the petition, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTnlZZ3D9Os
To read the Minister of Children and Youth Services’ response to the petition, click here.
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