OUR MISSION

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.

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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.

Such research is well underway at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Lead investigator Bradley Peterson and his team have discovered that cerebral blood flow is reduced within the Broca’s area of the brain in People Who Stutter. The more restricted the blood flow, the worse the stutter. This is breakthrough research, and we want to take it one step further.

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.

We want to fund further research on the connection between unhealthy gut microbiomes and neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and TS.

The good news is that newfound research has presented a possible way to treat — or even prevent — such neurological diseases now and in the future. Research shows that healthy gut microbes have the power to heal and protect our brains.

“No man stands so tall as when he stoops
to help a child.”
James C. Dobson • Author