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May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month – Dress Loud 427
May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month – Dress Loud

Dress Loud Day

Any day in May, dress in your wackiest, loudest and wildest clothing to raise awareness for children with hearing loss.

  • Show your support for children with hearing loss!
  • Get creative and take pictures!
  • Have fun with your classmates and co-workers!

Dress Loud Day is an event supported by VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children, a national parent organization that helps kids across Canada with hearing loss learn to hear, listen and speak for life.

It's easy and fun for you to spread the word that kids who are deaf can talk!
For more information or to register, visit Voice for deaf kids or email:

YRDSB Supp​ort for Students with Hearing Loss

YRDSB has a team of specialists who provide support for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Supports are provide support for preschool students, aged 2 and above, through to Grade 12. The DHH Team includes Specialist Teachers of the Deaf, Certified Auditory Verbal Educators, and Educational Audiologist, Sign Language Interpreters, Access Note-Takers, Educational Assistants, and Hearing Assistive Technology Technicians. There is an Expanded Core Curriculum available for students who are deaf and hard of hearing that includes topics such as developing listening skills, understanding hearing loss and hearing assistive technology, self-advocacy, language, communication speech, and more.

If your child has seen an audiologist and requires supports in the classroom, please inform your school principal, and request a referral to the Board’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Early detection and intervention is important. If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, or hearing, speak to your doctor about a referral for a hearing test.

Tips for Communicating ​with people who have hearing loss 

Even with hearing technology, a person with hearing loss may have trouble hearing sometimes.

Things that​ help:

  1. Get the person’s attention by saying their name clearly and making eye contact before speaking.
  2. Face the person while speaking, and ensure there is enough light to read your lips and facial expressions.
  3. If the person does not understand you, try to say your sentence another way by using different words. Avoid speaking fast.4.       Use appropriate facial expressions, movement and body language to help get your point across.
  4. Take extra care in groups to ensure only one person speaks at a time. This will make it easier for the person to follow the conversation and watch the person who is speaking.
  5. Be aware of distracting noises (fans, air conditioners, cafeteria noise, music, people talking, wind), as these can make it hard for the person to hear you. If possible, move away from the noise, and choose a better spot to talk.
  6. Make sure that important messages are understood. Some people with hearing loss only hear parts of a word or message. Provide written back up if possible. 

Things that don’t help:

  1. Avoid shouting or using loud speech.
  2. Avoid distracting movements, and covering your lips and face while talking.
  3. Try not to speak too quickly or exaggerate your lip movements.


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