It's Speech Pathology Week in Australia!http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/news-and-events/speech-pathology-week
You can also check out Speech Pathology fact sheets on working with stroke victims, elderly people and multicultural and indigenous persons, babies, children and teenagers:http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/information-for-the-public/fact-sheets
This means a lot to me as I used to have major problems with reading comprehension and pronounciation when I was a kid. I remember the first time when I was a child, I was allowed to pick a free book for doing so well in class. I kept on picking picture books till I was 10, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand novels.
I had an awesome Year 6 teacher who encourage us to read aloud with our peers. I am grateful for how my primary school teachers took extra time to help out children who were struggling with reading, writing and speaking. My Year 6 teacher corrected my pronounciation and never made me feel awkward or stupid for pronouncing words the wrong way. If she's reading this, I hope she knows she was supportive and did an amazing job. We need more people like her.
My friend J is an amazing speaker - really fluent and charismatic. From speaking with her, you wouldn't know that she used to see a Speech Pathologist for her dyslexia as a kid. She's a Social Worker now, where communication is the crux of her job. She wouldn't be here without the Speech Pathologist's help.
It is so rewarding and empowering to finally be able to read and understand what people say. Knowledge is power. It helps you contribute to society, protect yourself and protect your loved ones. That's why speechies are so important, and they do a fantastic job. Keep it up, people!