Virtual Support Meeting | Hosted by the NSDA North Carolina Support Groups

2021sat17apr10:00 amVirtual Support Meeting | Hosted by the NSDA North Carolina Support Groups Event Organized BySpasmodic Dysphonia Support Group of Charlotte, NC & Greensboro, NC SD Support Group

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World Voice Day 2021 April 16 is World Voice Day. This annual event is devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice that is as unique as every person themselves. The holiday was created in 1999 by combined effort of American and European otolaryngologists and speech and language pathologists. The theme this year is: ONE WORLD/MANY VOICES.

For our 9th North Carolina Virtual Call on 4/17/21 at 10AM Eastern Time, we will be having a guided discussion regarding World Voice Day. Our theme will be: SD Reflections.

Click HERE to listen to otolaryngologist, Dr. Michael Johns III, in his 2-minute video for World Voice Day 2016. It explains what the voice is; how to know if you have a problem; and what to do if you have a voice problem.

Listen to Jyothirmai Narayan read her poem entitled, “SD Reflections.” This poem was the winning entry in the “Celebrating Our Voice” contest sponsored by the NSDA. World Voice Day – National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association 

Read Mary Bifaro’s SD Reflections below and think about some of your own. Mary Bifaro has lived with abductor SD since 1987 and has found purpose in her service with the NSDA, serving on the Board along with leading The SD Support Group of Charlotte for over 30 years. She shared reflections on her voice:

  • It is my primary means of communication.
  • It allows for self-expression.
  • It is uniquely mine.
  • I have learned to deal with my “broken” voice.
  • When I speak in public, the microphone is my friend.
  • I have learned to seek out quiet environments and attentive listeners.
  • I offer to repeat myself when needed.
  • I briefly explain that I have a neurological voice disorder.
  • I write more because of spasmodic dysphonia…and I really love to write.
  • I have learned humility and empathy because of spasmodic dysphonia.

We will be asking participants to share their personal SD reflections which explain how important your voice is to you and how you are able to manage the uncertainties of living with an SD Voice. 

For an opportunity after our Virtual Call, consider the World Voice Day 2021 event which Duke Voice Care will be hosting. It will be a free webinar on Wednesday, 4/28/21, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Some of the topics to be covered are: Why your voice is essential; How the voice works; Healthy voice use during the COVID-19 PANDEMIC; Tips to maximize your voice during video meetings; Exercises to maintain your voice. To register, visit: World Voice Day 2021 (Virtual Event) – April 28 | Duke Health

You’ll receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the meeting at its scheduled time.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

10:00 AM ET
Sign-in a few minutes prior to the meeting to make sure video and audio is working properly.

This virtual session will be hosted utilizing Zoom, an online meeting platform. You can participate via video or audio. This meeting is password protected to ensure your privacy.

We hope to “see” you there!

Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group of Charlotte, NC
Mary Bifaro |

Greensboro NC Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group
Rebecca Cole-Turner |


April 17, 2021 10:00 am(GMT-04:00)


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Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group of Charlotte, NC & Greensboro, NC SD Support Group

*** Mary Bifaro | *** Dot Sowerby | *** Rebecca Cole-Turner | ***

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