Following a “Month of Action” this past May by the International Communication Project (ICP) 2014, some 40 participating organizations worldwide are now part of the unprecedented initiative.
Launched last winter, the ICP 2014 raises international awareness of communication disorders and the speech and language therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists who assess and treat them.
The half dozen founding organizations of the project said recently in a statement, “It is very exciting to see the interest level in the ICP 2014 continue to grow. We encourage more organizations from around the world to become involved.”
The ICP 2014 founders are: Speech Pathology Australia, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Throughout May, these organizations not only worked to raise awareness of the project in their respective countries, but also brought international attention to communication disorders via traditional and social media outreach.
Meanwhile, participating organizations worked to support the project at national, regional, and local levels.
The month’s combined activities had a significant impact. In addition to the rapid increase in participating groups, the project saw a significant spike in website traffic and a 100% rise in signatories to Universal Declaration of Communication Rights during May. ICP 2014’s reach through social media also grew steadily throughout the Month of Action, with the number of online followers increasing by about 20%.
“We would like to thank everyone involved,” said the project’s founders. “We look forward to continuing to work together to highlight the needs of those with communication disorders and the professional help that can make a significant positive difference in their lives.”