Parkinson’s Project grant received to train students and help patients find their voice

August 11, 2020 |

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The Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services has been awarded a SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® grant by the Parkinson Voice Project.

The grant will provide training for graduate students and two speech-language pathologists who will learn the latest approaches for helping people with Parkinson’s to improve their speech and voice.

Kate Glogowski, director of the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders, said that in addition to the grant benefitting students, there was also demand for group-based services for Parkinson’s patients in the area.

“We are thrilled to be able to help fill a gap in the community,” Glogowski said. “This grant allows us to meet a need for Parkinson’s patients while providing a real-world opportunity for our students.”

Glogowski said the training will help those with Parkinson’s learn how to speak with more intention as clients often lose volume and are unable to speak intelligibly.

With the initial phase of the grant complete, the program is beginning to serve Parkinson’s clients on a limited basis. To ensure patient safety during COVID-19, the program is fully online using telepractice.In addition to the training and working with clients, the grant will also provide the Department expert consultation with the Parkinson Voice Project, access to the resources, workbooks, and the reading and cognitive exercises as well as support in promoting the program.

To learn more, contact the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders at 507-389-6298 or

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