Nonprofit will award $650,000
RICHARDSON, Texas, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Parkinson Voice Project is now accepting applications through its website (www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/GrantProgram) for the National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant Program Honoring Daniel R. Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP.
Dr. Boone, a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert, is a former president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Parkinson Voice Project's speech therapy program is based on the teachings of Dr. Boone, who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication if they spoke with "intent."
The grant program will provide professional training and therapy supplies to speech therapy clinics and nonprofit Parkinson's organizations throughout the United States who want to bring Parkinson Voice Project's unique speech therapy program to their areas. Grant applications are being accepted through March 2, 2018. Applying entities must have the physical space and the clinical staff needed to provide both individual and group speech therapy to people with Parkinson's. Full eligibility requirements are available at www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/GrantProgram.
"Our goal is to restore the speaking abilities of more people with Parkinson's. We know Parkinson's affects more than 1 million people in the U.S., and 89% are at high risk of losing the ability to communicate. This grant program will allow us to bring our highly effective speech therapy program to communities in need of these services," said Parkinson Voice Project's CEO & Founder Samantha Elandary.
Grant recipients will be announced in April 2018 during Parkinson's Awareness Month.
Parkinson Voice Project is the only nonprofit organization in the country solely dedicated to preserving the voices of those with Parkinson's using a two-part therapy approach: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.
SPEAK OUT!® helps people with Parkinson's regain their speaking abilities through individual speech therapy. The program consists of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises conducted by a trained speech-language pathologist.
The LOUD Crowd® helps people with Parkinson's maintain their speaking abilities through ongoing group speech therapy. This maintenance phase of the program provides camaraderie, support, and encouragement for this patient population that is living with a progressive, degenerative condition.
Since the muscles used for speaking are the same used for swallowing, speech therapy affects more than just one's ability to communicate. SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® impact the quality of life for everything from talking on the phone to dining out at a restaurant.
ABOUT PARKINSON VOICE PROJECT:
Parkinson Voice Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Parkinson Voice Project does not charge for its services or bill insurance. At Parkinson Voice Project's clinic in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® are available to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson's and Parkinson's-Plus Syndromes. The organization has been successfully funded through donations and the Pay It Forward concept since 2008. To date, Parkinson Voice Project has trained nearly 600 speech-language pathologists in its two-part therapy approach in 42 states, including Puerto Rico.
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