Raise Your Voice, Inc is a new non-profit stuttering organization dedicated to people who stutter. Grass roots advocacy will include education for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and teachers, scholarships for therapy, a camp for kids who stutter, and other forms of community outreach. We will need your help to make this dream happen. Let us know if you are interested in making a tax deductible donation.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Stuttering can become a life long struggle. Unfortunately, children who stutter often endure teasing, bullying, and other negative reactions. This can lead to a child trying desperately to conceal their speech impediment. Avoiding talking and living with social anxiety may ensue when early intervention is withheld. Children who stutter can fall through the cracks; they are quiet and the depth of their struggles is unknown.
One would think that with 70 million in the world stuttering that more people would understand it. Ironically, stuttering appears to be a well kept secret.
Many parents are discouraged from seeking early intervention by being told “don’t worry he’ll outgrow it.” Other parents are told that their child doesn’t “qualify” for speech therapy at school because the stuttering does not “affect education.” If a child is being covertly teased and he is not fully participating verbally, stuttering is absolutely affecting his education. We aim to help educate and empower schools to better identify and serve children who stutter.
Our mission is help people who stutter to raise their voice. They deserve to be heard, respected, and to reach their utmost potential in life.