The Parkinson Voice Project has selected the University at Buffalo Audiology & Speech-Language Hearing Clinic as New York state’s first “SPEAK OUT!® Therapy & Research Center.”
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences was awarded a $50,000 grant to initiate and grow this center over a five-year span. The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Clinic has offered SPEAK OUT!®, a speech and voice program for people with Parkinson’s disease, to the local community since 2018.
As a “SPEAK OUT!® Therapy & Research Center,” the clinic will now offer this program for free to all individuals within New York State, using telehealth to act as a hub for those who are unable to access this service within their own communities. A research proposal was also accepted, involving the comparison of speech/voice, swallowing, and quality of life outcomes in telehealth vs. in-person treatment.
The SPEAK OUT!® program is coordinated by Laura Roberts, a clinical assistant professor and clinical supervisor. She will be attending the Lead With Intent Symposium, in Richardson TX, this June as part of this new program initiative.