Today is a special day. It’s a day that just one year ago, I would have never recognized or even known existed. Today is Apraxia Awareness Day.
On May 14th, 2013, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), celebrated the first ever Apraxia Awareness Day. This was a victory for families of Apraxia, to have their child’s struggles finally be recognized. These kids are fighters.
No matter what the day of awareness may be, It’s a time to educate and inform ourselves and others. Every year that goes by, there will be misconceptions to unmask, new statistics released, the latest treatments available, and so much more. Never again will I scroll through an Awareness Day announcement on social media, without googling and learning more, and I would challenge everyone to do the same. We help ourselves, our children, and our community when we educate ourselves.
To recognize my first Apraxia Awareness Day, I put together a special video with the help of just a few of Gia’s biggestsupporters; her family. Through this video I hope to bring comfort to families who are fighting the Apraxia fight, and open the eyes and ears of those who are not.
A very special thank you to Gia’s Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents who participated, and of course her daddy. Gia will thank you all someday.
Another thank you to Tori Starling of Jakes Journey with Apraxia, for featuring Gia today. Tori’s blog is the inspiration behind What Would Gia Say, and I would encourage everyone to see how far Jake has come in his journey. He gives me hope.