RADLD has been formed in order to raise awareness for Developmental Language Disorder. Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a diagnosis given when children or young people have difficulties understanding and/or using language which have a functional impact on their ability to communicate and to learn. These difficulties will persist beyond 5 years and for many will continue into adolescence and adulthood. These difficulties do not have a known cause, so children with DLD do not have any other biomedical condition which results in communication difficulties, for example ASD or hearing impairment. Although DLD is more common than ASD and dyslexia, with research indicating that it affects two pupils in every classroom, it is known as a hidden disability. If not identified, children with DLD have very poor outcomes in terms of education, employment and mental health, but with the right support, they can make good progress. A diagnosis of DLD can be given by a Speech and Language Therapist.