We’re on a mission to raise awareness and educate the public on the painful impacts stuttering can have on the lives of People Who Stutter.
Stuttering is an invisible (or “hidden”) disability, which is defined as a physical, mental, or neurological condition that is not immediately apparent to others. In many cases, stuttering can be as emotionally devastating and agonizing as a visible impairment, but People Who Stutter are simply not afforded the same consideration or shown nearly the same level of empathy and understanding.
We want to positively impact the lives of People Who Stutter — and their families, friends, and loved ones.
OUR PROGRAM GOALS
Our program goals are based around funding neuroscientific research studies into stuttering. Even with all the existing research, there’s still no clear explanation as to why — or how — stuttering develops, why it sometimes goes away on its own, and why some can overcome it, while others cannot.
Stuttering typically develops in early childhood, and often extends into adolescence and adulthood, but why?
We have plenty of questions and want answers backed by solid scientific evidence. That’s why we’re funding studies that concentrate on the link between the Wernicke’s (language development) and Broca’s (speech production) regions of the brain to potentially discover how they contribute to stuttering.
Tourette’s (TS) is a dopamine-based basal ganglia (BG) disorder, where sufferers house an unusually high level of dopamine in the brain. This reduces its striatal level efficiency (similar to stuttering*), and studies indicate that an unhealthy gut microbiome could play a critical role in this problem.
*Although no direct link between TS and stuttering has been established, both issues often occur together and may be confused with each other.
The human microbiome can be described as a universe of bacterial organisms living inside each one of us, and unhealthy gut microbiomes have been linked to a startling range of neurological diseases. Researchers do not believe this link to be mere coincidence.
In line with our mission to educate others on the different forms of bullying, harassment, and discrimination People Who Stutter often face, we will create and disseminate educational programs and materials to raise awareness in schools, workplaces, and social settings. We hope this information will foster a better sense of mindfulness, patience, and understanding towards People Who Stutter.
We will educate parents and teachers on the early warning signs of stuttering, provide information on seeking professional assistance, and how to further support/assist the child both at home and in school.
We will also educate employers on being more understanding towards job seekers by providing interview accommodations, removing unnecessary job requirements, and ending all forms of employment discrimination towards People Who Stutter.
Lastly, we will develop self-improvement, speech, and vocal exercises; provide information on medications and supplements; and leverage other interactive technologies to educate and inform the public.