WITH one in five people believed to experience speech and communication difficulties during their lives the role of speech pathologists is a crucial one.
This week these largely unsung heroes are getting the recognition they deserve during National Speech Pathology Week.
Grafton Community Health Speech Pathologist Michelle Bennett said the week was about recognising the important work of speech pathologists in the community.
She said it was also to raise awareness of the large number of people in the community who experience speech and communication problems - a group that tended to be "a little bit invisible".
Ms Bennett said as part of National Speech Pathology Week, people were invited to "tell their story," as part of the Great Australian Communication Story.
The project asks people to submit their experiences and thoughts on communication as speech bubbles which will eventually be combined to form a snapshot of communication in Australia.
For information visit speechpathologyaustralia.org.au.