The NSDA was established out of a desire to help people cope with those challenging voice disorders.  This news section is committed to providing research updates, resources and stories to help our Community. 

2022 | World Voice Day

World Voice Day is celebrated every April 16th with the main goal of increasing public awareness throughout the world of the importance of the voice and impact of voice problems. The 2022 theme for World Voice Day is LIFT YOUR VOICE.

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World Voice Day

World Voice Day is celebrated every April 16th with the main goal of increasing public awareness throughout the world of the importance of the voice and impact of voice problems. The 2021 theme for World Voice Day is ONE WORLD | MANY VOICES.

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In Memoriam | Jimmie Rodgers

Singer Jimmie Rodgers passed away. He served as an NSDA Honorary Director and was the Keynote Speaker at 2005 NSDA Symposium. Jimmie had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s including, Honeycomb and Kisses Sweeter than Wine, until spasmodic dysphonia took his singing voice away.

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2020 Walk for Talk Thank You Video

This Thank You Video is dedicated to all who walked, donated and supported the first-ever virtual Walk for Talk to benefit the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association that to place October 22-25, 2020.

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Bruce A. Menk Appointed to the NSDA Board of Directors

Bruce Menk is no stranger to the NSDA. He served on our Board from 1993 to 1999 and was President for two of those years. He has served as pro bono Legal Counsel since he stepped down from the Board. With his recent retirement, he will no longer serve in that role, and will rejoin the NSDA Board.

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New Legal Counsel | Susan H. Boyles

We are excited to welcome Susan H. Boyles as the new pro bono Legal Counsel for the NSDA. Susan is a Partner at the international law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. This contribution to the NSDA is very personal to her, as she has had spasmodic dysphonia since 1996.

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Linda Thompson Kenis

Linda Thompson Kenis’ voice is a British national treasure. She and her first husband, Richard Thompson, are folk-rock icons who launched their careers in the early 1970s. Kenis achieved international fame – as part of the duo, as a solo performer, and as a songwriter. Unfortunately, Linda developed spasmodic dysphonia at a young age.

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2020 Issue of “Our Voice”

The theme of this issue is Turning Points. Inspired by the twists and turns of this year, 2020 has taught us collectively to be more flexible and accepting of change. In this 40-page issue, you will also find research updates, NSDA news, helpful tools and a review of support and awareness programs.

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A Voice of Many Colors

The NSDA is excited to announce that we are launching a virtual art sale titled, A Voice of Many Colors, on the NSDA website. NSDA Development Director Susan Beck has donated fine art prints from her father Paul J. Long’s lifelong creative legacy.

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In Memoriam | Johnny Bush

Country Singer Johnny Bush passed away on October 16, 2020. He served as an Honorary Director for the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness about spasmodic dysphonia. He was honored by the NSDA in 2014. Johnny didn’t let his struggles with spasmodic dysphonia stop him from sharing his many gifts and was still playing out regularly at age 85

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Dennis Kaszeta joins NSDA Board

We are excited to welcome Dennis Kaszeta to the NSDA Board of Directors. He helped to rejuvenate the Detroit Area Support Group and the group was recently awarded the NSDA’s 2020 Midge Kovacs Awareness Award.

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2020 Walk for Talk

Join us for the first-ever virtual Walk for Talk to benefit the NSDA. This 5K and Fun Walk will be held from October 22 to 25, 2020. You can participate no matter where you live!

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