Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group
The Mankato Area Spasmodic Dysphonia Group was established in 2006. Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) is a neurological voice disorder that makes speaking difficult. For individuals with this condition, the voice is difficult to use because of spasms or severe tremors that interfere with normal voice production.
The Mankato area group is affiliated with the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA). The function of the group is multifaceted; it provides educational updates about SD to its members, increases public awareness about the condition, helps educate students who are seeking a career in speech therapy, and it provides support and socialization for its members.
The group meets quarterly at the Center for Communication Sciences and Disorders on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. For members who live a longer distance from Mankato, there is an option to attend the meetings using online software.
Steve Jaeger, Group Liaison to the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA)