The RCSLT collaborated with CPLOL to run European Swallowing Awareness Day, (ESAD) which was held on 6 March 2017.
Thanks to the commitment, passion and time of all those involved, the campaign was even more successful than last year. Though this was a European event, it generated interest in countries as far a field as Chile and China. There were two times during the day when ESAD was trending on Twitter. Even the European Space Agency contributed to our campaign.
Speech Pathology Australia took over the baton later that month, by holding their own highly successful Swallowing Awareness Day on 15 March.
Numerous ESAD events were held throughout the UK and beyond. Take a look at some some of the images we took from social media on this fantastic event.
Thanks to everyone who made this event the most successful ever. Below is just a snippet of some of the great activities that were held during March.
The University of Essex SLT Society’s annual week of awareness (13- 18 March) included interactive stalls in the university square, eating puree food for a day, communicating via AAC and much more. So far they’ve raised £787.87 of their £1000 target for the Colne Stroke Group. Read more about their AAC, Week of Silence campaign.
The university of Sheffield’s Department of Communication Sciences held a dysphagia picnic. This gave staff and students an opportunity to sample and learn about different textured foods. Unsurprisingly the most popular drinks on the day where the mocktails. Watch their video about their picnic…
The University of St Mark and St John (Marjon) Giving Voice Society also had an array of events to promote the awareness day included a stand full of information on dysphagia, an array of textured diets and thickened fluids.
Marjon Giving Voice Society said ” A lot of people reacted to the textures negatively and said they could never eat or drink like that…We explained for some people, there’s no choice”. Read their blog and find out more on what the society have been doing.
The UCLU Giving Voice Society raised awareness about this cause by combining a Twitter campaign with an interactive and informative evening focusing on the patient experience.
Their event included a talk about the complexities of swallowing from neurologist Dr Jane Warren and a patient’s first-hand experience of how SLTs have helped transform their lives. There were an array of stalls and opportunities to discover and try and array of thickened liquids and puree foods.