DLD Awareness Day



Developmental Language Disorder is a hidden but common disability that affects 1 in 14 people causing difficulties understanding and using language for no known reason. The 2022 DLDday theme is Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability. People do not grow out of DLD but with individualised support that can include regular speech-language therapy and educational adjustments they can thrive. It’s about growing with DLD.

Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD), the lead organization who coordinates international DLDday are advocating for increased recognition and support for people with DLD across their lifespan. 

“People with DLD are 6 times more likely to suffer from anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression. They are also at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling and mathematics. Although DLD is a common condition affecting many areas of life, people with DLD are unlikely to receive access to services,” said Stephen Parsons, Chair of RADLD.

“We’re calling on the community, families, organisations, educators and health professionals to help us get the word out about DLD and the significant and ongoing impact a DLD diagnosis has.”

Increased awareness of DLD can reduce social stigmatisation and improve access to specialist and support services. Supporting DLDDay can be as simple as visiting the RADLD social media channels and sharing this year’s Growing with DLD awareness video (due for release in early October) with your networks.We will have several downloadable posters, social media memes and fact sheets available from September at WWW.RADLD.ORG

Please contact the RADLD team at hello@radld.org to discuss opportunities to collaborate on DLDday awareness raising initiatives.

#DLDday History

The new terminology of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) was launched in 2017 and our first DLD Awareness Day quickly followed.  Each year is becoming bigger and better thanks to the support of people from all around the world. 

Developmental Language Disorder Day (#DLDday), now in its sixth year, is celebrated annually around the world with more than 40 countries involved. This year, over 80 landmarks from around the world are scheduled to light up in purple and yellow on or around Friday 14 October 2022.

Explore the menu below to learn how you can help raise awareness for people with Developmental Language Disorder.

future dld days

2023 – Friday 20 October

2024 – Friday 18 October

2025 – Friday 17 October

2026 – Friday 16 October

2027 – Friday 15 October

  • 2022 growing with dld RESOURCES 2022 growing with dld poster 2022 growing with dld Strategies Flyer 2022 growing with dld Meme – social media 2022 Growing with dld e-signature 2022 growing with dld Social Media frame 2022 growing with dld website banner Colour-In sheet | growing with dld MEDIA…

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  • Light up the world purple and yellow! Light up events involve key landmarks in a town or city, which are regularly lit up in different colours for special occasions. If you know of a landmark that does light up for causes, please consider submitting an application and notifying us…

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  • Share what you’ve learned about DLD and help create awareness on social media.

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