Published on June 01, 2018

Parkinson Voice Project Awards National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant to NMMC-Pontotoc

PONTOTOC, Miss.—Parkinson Voice Project has named North Mississippi Medical Center-Pontotoc as a recipient of its National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant Program Honoring Daniel R. Boone, Ph.D., 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 recipients represent hospital rehabilitation clinics, university speech therapy clinics, and nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations which are being awarded $650,000 in training, therapy supplies and funding from Parkinson Voice Project. NMMC-Pontotoc is committed to replicating Parkinson Voice Project’s unique twopart speech therapy program that combines individual and group speech therapy to help people living with Parkinson’s across America restore their speaking abilities.

“Partnering with our grant winners will allow us to bring Parkinson Voice Project’s highly effective speech therapy program to communities in need of these services. Our goal is to reach more people living with Parkinson’s and restore their speaking abilities. Providing training, funding and resources to dedicated new partners is a crucial part of the process,” said Parkinson Voice Project’s CEO and Founder, Samantha Elandary.

Parkinson’s affects more than 1 million people in the U.S., and 89 percent are at high risk of losing the ability to communicate. Left untreated, loss of speech greatly impacts one’s quality of life, including everything from talking on the phone to ordering food at a restaurant, and communicating with your doctor or other health care providers. Parkinson Voice Project’s speech therapy program preserves the voices of individuals with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders through intensive speech therapy, follow-up support, research, education and community awareness.

For more information about NMMC-Pontotoc’s Rehabilitation Department, call (662) 488-7617.

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