Tim Mackesey

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.

Direct Impact 
Raise Your Voice is working directly with educators, administrators, speech-language pathologists, physicians, and parents to offer seminars and learning opportunities.  There is nothing more potent than face-time to facilitate change.   School budgets are strained and time off for continuing education is hard to come by so we go to them.  Children are worth this investment.
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.

Did you know?

Approximately 70 million people word wide stutter
– 5% of children stutter
– 4 boys stutter for every girl who stutters
– Stuttering is not related to intelligence
– After age seven the chances of total recovery diminishes greatly