Why Support HCRI?
HCRI is one of the only non-profit institutes in the world dedicated to the investigation and treatment of stuttering. There are 66 million people globally, including three million in the U.S., who suffer from stuttering. The disorder inhibits social growth, hampers educational and career aspirations, and produces emotional scars that can last a lifetime.
Stuttering is deeply misunderstood by people who do not have it and, in the professional community, the condition is surrounded by a profusion of theories about its nature, possible causes, and forms of treatment. As a result, commonly available therapies have failed to deliver lasting results. The vast majority of people who stutter are left with their daily frustrations, fewer dollars in their pockets, and continuing struggles with speech.
At HCRI, we believe people who stutter deserve much better, more effective treatment and support. That´s why we pioneered behavioral stuttering treatment more than 40 years ago and have continually enhanced our therapy program through ongoing discovery, treatment innovations, and technological advancements.
Our extensive research with thousands of people who stutter has demonstrated that stuttering is a physically based disorder. When treated properly, those who stutter can acquire skills to speak fluently.
Our scientifically based approach teaches people how to replace faulty muscle movements that cause stuttering with new muscle behaviors that enable fluency. In addition, our scientists have created new ways to use technology that make learning life-long fluency skills faster and easier.
We have successfully treated thousands who stutter. Their lives have been transformed and doors of opportunity have opened through the ability to speak fluently. Yet, there´s so much more work that needs to be done! We need your support to:
- Make therapy more accessible to greater numbers of people who stutter.
- Continue research to find the cause of stuttering that could one day lead to a cure.
- Develop more treatment innovations that further enhance therapy outcomes.
We cannot depend on government or foundation funds to advance our cause. It is going to take the enthusiasm and gifts of people who deeply care about stuttering. We are asking for your gifts so others who stutter may experience the joy and choices that come with fluent speech.