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February 28, 2014

From CASANA’s Executive Director:

I am writing today to ask for your help, each and every one of you who care about and love a child with apraxia of speech.  As Awareness Day Logo 1many of you know, this year we are celebrating the 2nd annual Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14, 2014.  Last year’s first event was a huge success and we know, with your help, this year we can spread Apraxia Awareness even further!

We are happy to announce that our Congressman Mike Doyle will once again introduce a US Congressional Proclamation in support of Apraxia Awareness.  And we are THRILLED that he has also petitioned the White House to issue its own proclamation!  This is where YOU come in.  CASANA needs you to write to the White House asking them to issue the public proclamation of May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day.

Below is sample text you can copy and paste in a document to get you started, but please personalize this with your brief story and adapt in suitable ways.  Or you can download a template of this text by clicking here.  Send the letter to the White House address provided “Attention: Correspondence Office“. Thank you very much for your help! Let’s do this!

All the best,

Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.
Exec. Director, CASANA



President Barack Obama
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
Attn: Correspondence office



Dear President Obama,

I am writing to support the issuance of a Presidential Proclamation for the year 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day, which will be held on May 14, 2014.  On this day, we will raise national awareness about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a particularly difficult, persistent, and severe speech disorder in youngsters.  It would help our cause a great deal to receive such an official validation from your esteemed office since yours is the most highly respected position in America, if not the world.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) causes children to have extreme difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw, and palate that are necessary for the production of proper speech.  It is among the most severe of speech and communication problems in children.  Every child should be afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. With early intervention and appropriate therapy, most children with CAS will learn to communicate with their very own voices.  These children, as well as their families, deserve our highest respect for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of such obstacles.  If you would choose to issue a Presidential Proclamation in recognition of Childhood Apraxia of Speech Day, it would be a strong testament to the public with regards to your Administration’s support of children and education.

Through a White House proclamation, states, health insurance providers, and schools can be encouraged to recognize the critical need to provide for adequate speech therapy and other services so that the impact of this disorder can be minimized and that affected children can grow into productive and contributing citizens.

Thank you in advance for any time and consideration you may be able to give our humble request.

Respectfully yours,

(your signature)


Address your envelope in the following way:

President Barack Obama
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
ATTENTION: Correspondence Office