Lancaster's Ashton Memorial to light up for language

October 17, 2019

Lancaster’s Ashton Memorial will light up purple and yellow tomorrow (Friday, October 18) to celebrate Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day.

Dr Margriet Groen, a psychologist from Lancaster University, had the idea as part of an international campaign to highlight this common but hidden condition.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to difficulties learning language and affects approximately seven per cent of the population. It causes difficulties with speaking, understanding and reading - with a high risk of dyslexia.

Dr Groen said: “I hope greater awareness of DLD will make it easier for those affected to be recognised and diagnosed and receive appropriate support.”