Auditory Verbal UK is holding LOUD Shirt Day on 17th June: its first ever national fundraising and awareness day.
The charity is asking people to wear their loudest clothes to raise funds that will help deaf children and their families access an auditory verbal therapy programme. Participants can download a LOUD fundraising pack from the campaign page on the Auditory Verbal UK site as well as create a fundraising page.
The campaign is supported by a number of celebrities, including Usain Bolt, Matt Lucas, Daniel Radcliffe and Paloma Faith, with schools and businesses, as well as individuals taking part.
This is the first Loud Shirt Day for deaf children in the UK. Loud Shirt Day was first organised in Australia ten years ago by charities supporting deaf children. Over the past ten years, it has helped to raise awareness of deafness as well as funds to support listening and spoken language programmes for young deaf children across Australia and New Zealand.
Anita Grover, chief executive of Auditory Verbal UK said:
“Many people don’t know what impact deafness can have on a child and how it can make it more difficult to make friends, enjoy school, and communicate with your family. Fewer people know that with the right support, deaf children can overcome most of these challenges. Loud Shirt Day is raising awareness of what deaf children can achieve and supporting our work at Auditory Verbal UK with the families of young deaf children.”