Previous Awareness Days

2023 – dld aROUND THE WORLD

The 2023 DLDDAY theme is DLD Around the World, highlighting that DLD affects people around the world regardless of age, gender, language spoken or ethnicity. Speaking more than one language does not cause DLD. In fact, people with DLD can learn multiple languages. DLD is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting how the brain processes language, so it makes sense that we find it in every country and every language.

2022 – Growing with dld

In 2022 the DLDday theme was Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability. People do not grow out of DLD but with individualised supports that can include regular speech therapy and educational adjustments they can thrive. It’s about growing with DLD.

2021 – Think Language, think dld

In 2021, the campaign theme asked teachers to #ThinkLanguage #ThinkDLD. The goal was to increase the early identification of DLD and support for students at school. One teacher can change a student’s life by spotting their challenges with language. RADLD continues to ask teachers to keep an eye out, and whenever they see a student struggling with learning, #ThinkLanguage #ThinkDLD.

2020 – ‘DLD SEE ME’

In 2020, in the midst of a challenging year due to COVID-19 we called on the world to #DLDSeeMe. Children, young people and adults from across the globe came together to create a short video encouraging everyone to learn more about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

2019 – ‘DLD – You and me’

In 2019 we focused on telling your stories.  People with DLD, families and professionals submitted stories and videos to our website, which were then shared on social media.  We also focused on translating our DLD Fact Sheet in different languages with the support of volunteer translators from around the world.  This year also saw the first “Light Up Events” with landmarks lighting up purple and yellow.

2018 – ‘abc’s of dld’

In 2018, it’s time to see if you know your ‘ABCs of DLD’. You’re encouraged to ASSESS your understanding, BUILD your knowledge and CREATE awareness of DLD. We are aiming to be bigger and better this year by launching  We want everyone to know about DLD to use consistent terminology. This will enable greater public awareness, research and advocacy for those who are affected.

2017 – ‘DLD 1-2-3’

In 2017, we launched the first DLD Awareness Day with the theme ‘DLD 1-2-3’. This included an information sheet and quick quiz, as well as our award winning Youtube video.

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