A film to raise awareness of DLD

£3,512 of £6,000 goal

Raised by 135 people in 1 month
Deevy Bishop  North Ward, ENG
Why is it that everyone has heard of autism and dyslexia, but few people know about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)?

DLD is a common but hidden disability, which affects children’s ability to express themselves in words and/or to fully understand what others say.

I’m an academic researcher who works with DLD and in 2012 I got together with some colleagues to try to raise awareness of language learning impairments.

Since then, we’ve made great strides in achieving our twin goals of putting good evidence-based information out on the Web, and getting experts together to come to a consensus on terminology.

You can see what we have done so far on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/RALLIcampaign

We've had really positive feedback from families affected by DLD, and from teachers, who are often the first to realise that a child is struggling.

We’ve achieved a lot with very limited funding, but now we want to make a bigger splash, to ensure everyone knows about Developmental Language Disorder – that’s the term that a group of experts agreed on in a project we ran over the past year. 

Would you be willing to chip in to help the cause? Apart from a 5% admin charge by GoFundMe, every penny you donate will go to making a film: we are a loose affiliation of professionals who care about DLD and we don’t have any full-time staff or offices, so the costs are to cover the time of our editor and film crew.

I will match any sums donated up to our target of £6000 so that we can make a real impact: I feel passionately that children with DLD deserve to have as much recognition as those with other neurodevelopmental conditions – it’s hard for them to speak up for themselves, so can you help them get noticed?
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Posted by Dorothy Bishop
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Thanks to all the generous people who have contributed - we've got to £2,550 - nearly half way there.
Meanwhile, the Royal College of Speech Therapists have kindly made an article available that explains about the new terminology in more detail:
https://www.rcslt.org/clinical_resources/docs/bulletin_feb2016_pg12_13
AND the Times Educational Supplement have done the same for an article profiling my work on Developmental Language Disorders
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/tes-talks-tolanguage-difficulties-expert-dorothy-bishop
Quite a week! Big thank you to all who have made it possible.
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£3,512 of £6,000 goal

Raised by 135 people in 1 month
Created January 22, 2017
MM
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Michèle Minor-Corriveau
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KL
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Kristine Jensen de López
21 hours ago
GM
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Genevieve McArthur
1 day ago

Looking forward to seeing the film. I don't suppose it could include a Rose? But not Kevin.

EM
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Eva Marinus
2 days ago

Good luck!

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