Guest Post: Parkinson Voice Project Announces $650,000 Grant Program

We are excited to share this guest post from our Parkinson’s partner, Parkinson Voice Project.

Grant opportunity announced

Parkinson Voice Project, the only nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to preserving the communication skills of those with Parkinson’s, is eager to award $650,000 in grants to speech therapy clinics and nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations that want to bring its two-part therapy program (SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®) to their communities.

This grant program – Teaching People with Parkinson’s How to Speak with Intent – offers many opportunities.  For example, funding is available for SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® training for speech-language pathologists, as well as therapy supplies for individual and group treatment.  Parkinson Voice Project will also award grants for training in business practices and fundraising principles that have helped the organization expand from the living room of its founder to a 10,000 sq ft thriving medical clinic.  Some grant recipients will also receive airfare and hotel accommodations to visit Parkinson Voice Project in Dallas, Texas to observe first-hand the clinic’s operations and to meet individuals with Parkinson’s who have benefitted from their program.

Visit www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/GrantProgram for more information about Parkinson Voice Project’s grant program and to learn how speech therapy clinics, hospitals, and nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations have already successfully implemented SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd®The deadline for grant submissions is March 2, 2018.

Parkinson Voice Project’s two-part therapy program

Parkinson Voice Project’s two-part therapy program recognizes that humans have two motor systems — one that controls automatic movements and another that controls intentional movements.  Due to the depletion of dopamine, the automatic motor system doesn’t work for those with Parkinson’s; however, the intentional motor system is still functioning and is waiting for those with Parkinson’s to activate it.  SPEAK OUT!® strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing and teaches individuals with Parkinson’s how to “speak with intent.”  The LOUD Crowd® is a group maintenance program that provides support and encouragement; it holds those with Parkinson’s accountable for keeping up with their daily speech exercises and incorporating “intent” into all their daily activities.  Essentially, the program encourages those with Parkinson’s to live with intent.

About Parkinson Voice Project

For more than twelve years, Parkinson Voice Project has helped people with Parkinson’s improve their speaking abilities. The organization’s speech therapy clinic in Texas has conducted over 30,000 treatment sessions.  Since 2008, all of Parkinson Voice Project’s therapy services have been offered through donations and the Pay It Forward concept.  The clinic doesn’t charge for its services or bill insurance.  Any person with Parkinson’s is invited to receive speech therapy at Parkinson Voice Project.  Grateful patients, family members, and community supporters Pay It Forward to help future patients receive the care they need.  This past holiday season, Parkinson Voice Project successfully raised over $2 million to expand their services across the United States, and they are excited to replicate their program so that people with Parkinson’s everywhere will have access to the same care as their patients in Texas.

In the future, Parkinson Voice Project hopes to expand its grant program globally.  In the meantime, the organization offers affordable online training for speech-language pathologists who want to learn the SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® protocols:  www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org/SPEAKOUT!Workshops.

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