More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. In just the United States alone, combined costs of treatments are estimated to be nearly $25 billion a year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
California State University, Northridge is now able to cut down on those costs — after receiving funding and instruction from the Parkinson Voice Project — by providing intensive speech therapy sessions for people with Parkinson’s disease, based on “pay-it-forward” donations.
With support from the Parkinson Voice Project, a nationwide organization that helps persons with Parkinson’s disease preserve their voices, will allow CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center to help up to 12 patients every month. Its staff are trained and certified to run the Parkinson’s Voice Project program at CSUN, and to train students in the project’s methodology….