Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has named the Ball State University Speech Pathology Clinic as a recipient of its 2021 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd Grant Program. A full listing of the 2021 grant recipients can be found here.
Grant recipients include hospitals, university speech therapy clinics, private practices, and nonprofit organizations. Each clinic receives therapy supplies and free training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students. The Ball State University Speech Pathology Clinic is committed to offering Parkinson Voice Project’s effective speech therapy program for free in the Muncie, Indiana, area.
“Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are at high risk of losing their ability to speak, and swallowing complications account for 70% of the mortality rate in this patient population,” said Samantha Elandary, Parkinson Voice Project’s Founder and CEO. “Our vision at Parkinson Voice Project is to make our highly effective speech therapy program accessible to people with Parkinson’s worldwide.”
This grant program honors Daniel R. Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication by “speaking with intent." Parkinson Voice Project’s program combines individual and group therapy to convert speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.
The Ball State University Speech Pathology Clinic offers the latest evaluation and rehabilitation options. Its goal is to provide quality communication services to individuals who need increased communication skills.
To learn more about the services offered by the Ball State University Speech Pathology Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, call 765-285-8160.