Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, it is Speech and Hearing Month in Canada. Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, or SAC, and its more than 6,400 members and associates seek to raise public knowledge about communication health during this month of May.
I am proud to recognize the work of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants across Canada again this year.
Communication is key to our everyday lives and indeed our future. I am sure it will come as no surprise that early language abilities are directly related to later reading abilities. Better reading abilities of course lead to better education, which certainly leads to increased productivity and employment.
Early language abilities can only improve with a solid base of communication skills and proper health.
We might often take for granted a person’s ability to communicate, especially when we do not have a problem doing it ourselves. But we should keep in mind that if a person has trouble communicating, it is to the detriment of us all. That is why it is important to recognize Speech and Hearing Month, so that we can highlight the importance of communication health and the role that communication health professionals play in the health care and education systems in Canada.
I, as a wearer of hearing aids, benefit from the good work those people do, as I know many of you here do as well. It’s time we say thank you and salute them all.