SSA is a 501 (c)(3) national non-profit organization that sponsors speech therapy for people who stutter (PWS) from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. We also engage in community outreach projects through workshops, conferences, and support groups to raise awareness for stuttering in local communities.
SSA is the only speech therapy organization of its kind, and we pride ourselves on our low cost to impact ratio. Effective stuttering speech therapy can cost up to $15,000 per year, and we built a framework that provides around 15 sessions of high quality and life-changing speech therapy from experts for $1,500. We have little operational costs since our organization is volunteer-run, so approximately 99 cents on every dollar donated goes toward supporting the speech therapy for a person who stutters from a financially disadvantaged community.
Example story: A refugee from Bangladesh seeking asylum who faced death threats for her interest in science, received sponsored therapy from SSA to improve her stutter she developed due to life trauma. Her dramatic improvements enabled her to pursue her passion for advocating and promoting Middle Eastern women in Science, technology, engineering, and math (i.e., STEM).