March 22, 2013 - CASLPA Applauds New Budget’s Support of Canada’s Aboriginal Communities
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) congratulated the government on several positive steps that were announced in yesterday’s 2013 federal budget. CASLPA was particularly pleased at the government’s commitment to improving health care on reserves and its focus on education for the country’s Aboriginal populations.
October 15, 2012 - Autism is Complex and Each Person Unique; Health Professionals Must Work Together - October is Autism Awareness Month
Each and every person living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is unique. There is no typical person and there is no typical treatment. Today, many health professionals agree that ASD diagnosis and treatment should be tailored and personalized; an interdisciplinary approach that involves several professions including physicians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists as well as speech-language pathologists(S-LPs) audiologists and supportive personnel.
September 7, 2012 - Early Intervention Critical to Literacy, say Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists September 8 is International Literacy Day
Can you read this? You might be surprised to learn that nearly half of Canadian adults struggle with literacy. For many people, literacy issues begin in early childhood — often before starting school. We now know that early identification, prevention and intervention is key to language and literacy development.
June 21, 2012 - CASLPA Highlights Need for Health-Care Service Improvements on National Aboriginal Day
Today is National Aboriginal Day and people across the country are recognizing the contributions of Canada’s Aboriginal populations. National Aboriginal Day also presents an opportunity to acknowledge the many improvements that we must continue to make in ensuring that the country’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have the same access to educational and healthcare services that other Canadians may take for granted.
June 7, 2012 - June is Brain Injury Awareness Month
As warmer temperatures and longer days greet the official start of summer, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) reminds you that June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. In the coming months, people of all ages will participate in various activities exposing them to the risk of traumatic brain injuries. While enjoying summer activities it is important to wear appropriate protective headgear during sporting activities, avoid high-risk activities and always use proper child car seats and seatbelts to help prevent brain injuries.
June 1, 2012 - Speech-Language Pathologists Ensure Better Care and Quality of Life for People Diagnosed with ALS
June is ALS Awareness Month in Canada. Throughout the month, people across Canada raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and display the blue cornflower – the emblem of ALS in Canada. The blue cornflower, despite its fragile appearance, is a hardy wildflower found across Canada. Like the cornflower, the approximately 3,000 Canadians living with ALS show remarkable strength in coping with this devastating, progressive neuromuscular disease.
May 22, 2012 - Free May Month Hearing Screenings May 25-26, Downtown Ottawa
As part of its Speech and Hearing month awareness activities, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and the Advanced Hearing Aid Clinic Inc. have teamed up to offer and promote free public hearing screenings in downtown Ottawa.
May 16, 2012 - Swallowing Awareness Day
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is dedicating May 16 to promoting awareness of dysphagia, a serious and sometimes life-threatening disorder. CASLPA is encouraging the people of Canada to learn more about swallowing disorders as many people take the ability to eat and drink for granted.
May 4, 2012 - May is Speech and Hearing Month
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is pleased to announce that Speech and Hearing Month is here! Throughout May, events will take place across the country to raise awareness about speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders.
May 2, 2012 - CASLPA Promotes Professional Development
Beautiful St. John’s, NL will host the 37th annual conference of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), from May 9 to 12. Professionals from across the country will gather in pursuit of leading-edge learning opportunities, which will in turn help them to better serve the people of Canada living with speech, language, hearing and balance disorders. The CASLPA conference is held in conjunction with Speech and Hearing Awareness Month, which is celebrated across the country throughout the month of May. To learn more about CASLPA’s speech and hearing initiatives for 2012 visit CASLPA’s new website at www.maymonth.ca.
April 16, 2012 - CASLPA Encourages you to “Love Your Voice”
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is celebrating World Voice Day. The theme for 2012, "Love Your Voice," aims to remind us that our voice is an essential communication tool and encourages everyone to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.
April 7, 2012 - CASLPA Encourages Healthy Aging on World Health Day
On World Health Day, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is celebrating the important work that speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel contribute to the health of our communities and to aging Canadians.
January 27, 2012 - Learning More About Literacy, Together
January 27 is National Family Literacy Day and, to mark the occasion, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists wants to encourage parents to read and write with their children and engage in fun literacy activities. By reading to children, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while, at the same time, strengthening the relationship between families which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.
January 24, 2012 - CASLPA Highlights Need for Greater Action on Aboriginal Access to Hearing and Speech-Language Professionals
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) recognized that today's historic meeting between the Government and First Nations leaders will help eliminate barriers to access important health care services in Aboriginal communities.
December 3, 2011 - CASLPA Helps Break Down Communication Barriers
International Day of Persons with Disabilities - According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 650 million people, approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population, live with a disability and this percentage increases steadily with age. Integration within ones community can present challenges as persons with disabilities may encounter many disadvantages in society and are often subjected to stigma and discrimination.
November 20, 2011 - CASLPA Members Help Children Cultivate Speech, Language and Hearing Skills
National Child’s Day - The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists believes every child deserves the right to communication. This year’s theme for National Child’s Day is The Right to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Health. In recognition of this day, CASLPA highlights the vital role speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel play in the early detection and intervention of speech, language and hearing disorders in infants and children.
November 10, 2011 - CASLPA “Remembering” Speech, Language and Hearing Health of Canada’s Veterans on November 11
Veterans’ Week, November 5-11 - Every year in November, Canadians express their appreciation and support for the nearly 600,000 Canadian Forces (CF) veterans. Providing health care services to these veterans, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) works in partnership with health care authorities and providers to deliver a range of health care services including speech-language pathology and audiology.
October 22, 2011 - CASLPA Celebrates Sounds, Syllables and Flow of Speech
International Stuttering Awareness Day - Last year’s highly acclaimed film, The King’s Speech, focused on King George VI’s struggle with stuttering and the importance of speech therapy to treat his speech disorder. Stuttering is a chronic communication disorder that involves disruption in the normal flow of rhythm of speech and according to The Speech and Stuttering Institute, affects approximately 1 in 100 people of all ages.
October 19, 2011 - Early Diagnosis is Key: CASLPA Helps Spread Autism Awareness
Reported cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have increased by 600 per cent in the past 20 years, according to the Center for Disease Control in the United States. Evidence suggests at least one in every 110 Canadian children struggles with a form of autism. While there have been important advancements in the way we care for and educate individuals with ASD, more research needs to be done to develop better treatments and interventions.
September 21, 2011 - CASLPA Members Support Thousands of Canadians Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
World Alzheimer’s Day - Approximately 500,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD), according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Based on current incident and prevalence rates, the number of people in Canada living with ADRD will more than double to 1.1 million within 25 years. This figure will amount to approximately 2.5 per cent of Canada’s entire population.
September 8, 2011 - CASLPA Supports Literacy for Everyone, Everywhere
Canada is a top-ranked country in terms of literacy levels, but almost half of Canadian adults have difficulties with reading and numbers, according to the Movement for Canadian Literacy. To improve literacy levels, it is important for Canadians to develop literacy skills at a young age.
July 25, 2011 - New Executive Director to Lead Speech-Language and Hearing Professionals
The board of directors of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Charlebois to the position of executive director effective July 25, 2011. Mrs. Charlebois has 30 years of not-for-profit association experience. She most recently served as director, marketing & communications of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) for the past nine years where she was responsible for rebranding the institute and overseeing development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan.
June 23, 2011 - CASLPA Supports Private Members’ Bill Seeking to Ensure Fair Access to Disability Tax Credit
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) is pleased to announce its support for Peter Julian’s (MP for New-Westminster Burnaby) private members’ bill C-246, tabled yesterday. The bill seeks to amend the Income Tax Act relative to hearing impairment; a change that seeks to ensure all eligible individuals with hearing disabilities have fair access to the disability tax credit.