Published on June 23, 2020

Parkinson Voice Project Awards Grant to NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Brigitta WalkerTerresa RossParkinson Voice Project has named North Mississippi Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Services as a recipient of its 2020 SPEAK OUT!® & LOUD Crowd® Grant Program.

Parkinson Voice Project has developed a two-part therapy approach that strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing by combining individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!®) with ongoing group therapy (LOUD Crowd®). Thanks to the grant, NMMC received free training for speech-language pathologists Terresa Ross and Brigitta Walker, as well as speech therapy supplies and funding to assist with group speech therapy.

“Up to 90% of people with Parkinson’s are at high risk of losing their ability to speak, and aspiration pneumonia caused by swallowing issues accounts for 70% of the mortality rate in this patient population. Awarding these grants has substantially increased access to quality speech treatment to those living with Parkinson’s,” said Parkinson Voice Project’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Samantha Elandary.

When people with Parkinson’s lose their speaking abilities, it affects their ability to effectively converse with family and friends, talk on the phone and even order food in a restaurant.

In SPEAK OUT!®, the speech-language pathologist and patient work their way through a series of speech voice and cognitive exercises outlined in a workbook. The LOUD Crowd® is a monthly group session that provides camaraderie, support and encouragement for Parkinson’s patients.

This grant program honors Daniel R. Boone, Ph.D., a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication if they spoke with “intent.” Parkinson Voice Project is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to helping individuals with Parkinson’s improve their speech and swallowing.

For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd®, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375), or visit

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