Parkinson Voice Project Awards 2021 ‘SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd’ Grant to Ball State University

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By Ball State Marketing & Communications—

MUNCIE, Indiana – Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has named the Ball State University Speech-Language 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 non-profit organizations. Each clinic receives therapy supplies and free training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students.  The Ball State University Speech-Language 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-Language 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-Language Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, call 765-285-8160.


About Parkinson Voice Project

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.  The organization runs a speech therapy clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and hosts the World’s Largest Parkinson’s Chorus. Parkinson Voice Project’s hosts daily online speech practice sessions to support and encourage people with Parkinson’s globally.  These sessions are available on the organization’s website. Parkinson Voice Project has trained more than 3500 speech-language pathologists in its SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd program, including clinicians in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Greece, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more, visit


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