Hampshire County Council shines a light on Developmental Language Disorder Day

Hampshire County Council is marking International Developmental Language Disorder Day today to help raise awareness of this hidden but common condition.

Oct 20 2023

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a lifelong disability which affects 1 in 14 people, causing difficulties in understanding and using language for no known reason.

Councillor Steve Forster, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “It is important to raise awareness of this condition which affects children across Hampshire. We work hard all year round to promote quality provision and inclusion in all of our educational settings, including for those children with speech and language needs.”

The theme for International DLD Day is DLD Around the World, highlighting that DLD affects people regardless of age, gender, language spoken or ethnicity. DLD is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting how the brain processes language, so it makes sense that it is found in every country and every language.

In Hampshire, the County Council’s Communications and Interaction team works within our Specialist Teacher Advisory Service and provides support for children and young people with speech, language, communication and interaction needs. The team works with the children, their families and their education providers to ensure their needs are met. You can find out more on our website.

There are many resources available which provide information and advice for any parent or carer who has concerns about their child’s progress in speech and language:

Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD), the organisation that coordinates International DLD Day, is advocating for increased recognition and support for people with DLD around the world. 

This year, the world is lighting up purple and yellow to boost awareness of DLD globally with more than 80 landmarks scheduled to shine bright on or around Friday 20 October 2023.

Developmental Language Disorder Day #DLDday, now in its seventh year, is celebrated annually around the world with more than 40 countries involved.