Parkinson Voice Project Awards National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant to the United Presbyterian Home

October 18, 2018 - 9:15am

Washington, Iowa - Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has named the United Presbyterian Home as a recipient of its National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant Program Honoring Daniel R. Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP.

Dr. Boone, a world-renowned speech-language pathologist and voice expert, is a former president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Parkinson Voice Project's speech therapy program is based on the teachings of Dr. Boone, who recognized in the late 1950s that individuals with Parkinson's could improve their communication if they spoke with "intent."

The grant recipients represent hospital rehabilitation clinics, university speech therapy clinics, and nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations which are being awarded $650,000 in training, therapy supplies, and funding from Parkinson Voice Project.The United Presbyterian Home is committed to replicating Parkinson Voice Project’s unique two-part speech therapy program that combines individual and group speech therapy to help people living with Parkinson’s across America restore their speaking abilities.

“Partnering with our grant winners will allow us to bring Parkinson Voice Project’s highly effective speech therapy program to communities in need of these services. Our goal is to reach more people living with Parkinson’s and restore their speaking abilities. Providing training, funding, and resources to dedicated new partners is a crucial part of the process,” said Parkinson Voice Project’s CEO and Founder, Samantha Elandary.

Parkinson's affects more than 1 million people in the U.S., and 89% are at high risk of losing the ability to communicate. Left untreated, loss of speech greatly impacts one’s quality of life, including everything from talking on the phone to ordering food at a restaurant, communicating with your doctor, or other healthcare providers. Parkinson Voice Project’s speech therapy program preserves the voices of individuals with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders through intensive speech therapy, follow-up support, research, education, and community awareness.

The programming started at the United Presbyterian Home in September of 2018.  Speech Language Pathologist, Stephen Loew MA, CCC-SLP, completed the four day training in Richardson, Texas, to become certified in this treatment. “This program is unique to our therapy services here at the UP Home,” said Loew. “The most rewarding part of the program has been watching these individuals find their voices, many have tried numerous programs with minimal success.”

For more information on this program, contact the Therapy Department at the United Presbyterian Home’s Wellness Center at 319.591.2888.


Parkinson Voice Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It’s the only speech therapy clinic in the world solely dedicated to preserving the voices of those with Parkinson’s using a two-part therapy approach: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.

SPEAK OUT!® consists of individual speech therapy sessions conducted by a speech-language pathologist. The LOUD Crowd® consists of maintenance groups. Since Parkinson’s is a progressive, degenerative condition, maintaining the strength of one’s voice can be challenging; therefore, both individual speech therapy and ongoing group support is necessary. 

Parkinson Voice Project has not charged for its speech therapy services since 2008. Its clinic in Dallas-Fort Worth offers SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s using a Pay It Forward system. Patients receive all the therapy they need and are then asked to Pay It Forward—make a donation to help the next patient who needs therapy. Parkinson Voice Project has more than 700 speech-language pathologists trained in its two-part therapy program throughout the U.S. and is starting to expand its international reach with clinicians trained in Australia, Canada, Finland, Greece, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

About the United Presbyterian Home

Established in 1947, United Presbyterian Home is a locally owned and non-profit Active Aging Community that provides quality residential services, resources and information to senior adults and their families.  Our 35-acre campus located in Washington, Iowa, has a variety of living arrangements and levels of service to meet our residents’ needs and preferences.  Accommodations at the UP Home include 75cottages, 30 condominium-style apartments, 37 studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as a 52-Bed Intermediate/Skilled Nursing Facility. For more information about the UP Home, visit