About Our Stuttering Non-Profit

Grass roots advocacy will focus on providing a therapeutic support group, continuing education for clinicians, and other forms of community outreach. With your help, we endeavor to offer these services and offering at no cost to those benefiting.

We will need your help to make this dream happen. Let us know if you are interested in making a tax deductible donation.

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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.

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.

About Stuttering

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.

Stuttering Non-Profit Information Center

Our Information Center is frequently updated with new stuttering-related events.


August 31, 2022
Tim will be teaching for GLRS in Lenox, Georgia
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September 28, 2022
Tim will be teaching for GLRS in Lenox, Georgia
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October 21, 2022
Tim will be teaching in Helena, MT
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Coming Soon – Raise Your Voice will announce a Fall 2022 engagement.

Advisory Board Members

John Chambers
Nancy and Mike Gilfillan
Spencer Clower
Mason Massey
Schnawaz "Sean" Khan
Officer Brendan Hart

Famous People Who Stutter

Bill Walton
Bruce Willis
Darren Sproles
Ed Sheeran
Emily Blunt
George Springer

Stuttering Help & Community


Raise Your Voice uses charitable donations to make a difference.  In 2019 alone RYV provided ASHA approved continuing education to more than 1,000 clinicians at no cost to participants!  The Covid-19 pandemic halted in-person events.  Raise Your Voice is gaining steam again and we really want your support.

We are providing 20 scholarships for college students to attend the Montana Speech and Hearing Association's 2022 convention in Helena, MT.   We have more in-person events in the planning stages. RYV prides itself in providing education to clinicians, teachers, people who stutter and all of their share holders. Please make a tax deductible donation today and Raise Your Voice.

Parent and Teacher Advocacy

is essential to support your child who stutters. Faculty and peers will either be part of the solution or part of the problem.

Our Founder

Tim Mackesey

Founder & Lead Therapist

Georgia licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist since 1992, he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of fluency disorders in Atlanta. As a severe stutterer for more than 20 years, he is well aware of the milestones it takes to transform speaking skills and to unleash confidence as a communicator.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in Speech Pathology from Georgia State University, he has continued his education as a graduate clinician at the internationally recognized Successful Stuttering Management Program at Eastern Washington University in 1991 and as a graduate of the Stuttering Therapy Workshop for Specialists at Northwestern university in 1995.

Tim is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro Semantics (NS). He taught the graduate-level Fluency Disorders course at Georgia State University. Tim is committed to the pursuit of effective treatment for stuttering. He has appeared on many television and radio programs in the Atlanta area educating on the early detection and treatment of fluency disorders.

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