Speak Only with Your Heart 2020

Optimal Rhythms, Inc. / ACCESS Academy

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Speak Only with Your Heart 2020

What would you do if you lost your ability to speak... to communicate your thoughts reliably? Consider the "SOCIAL DISTANCING" you might experience then... Read more.

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  • $110Raised
  • $500Goal

Campaign Details

Are you willing to Speak ONLY with Your Heart this October?

Anyone who really knows me know that this is a cause near and dear to my heart. I'm passionate about bringing communication and meaningful educational opportunities to those who have been neglected or underestimated because their body doesn't listen to their brain... they suffer from apraxia, not behavior problems!

Please watch to learn more...https://youtu.be/3qzfoz2w7zM

This fundraising opportunity was designed to bring about a heightened awareness and acceptance of the growing number of nonspeaking children (and adults) in our country affected by the often misunderstood motor challenges / apraxia of autism spectrum disorder (and other neurologic differences).  On Wednesday, October 28, I will be pledging 12 hours of SILENCE in support of all the children and adults who live each day in silence due to autism (apraxia) or other communication disabilities.  Will you join me in their honor to raise awareness and crucial funding?  I need your help to meet my goal and overcome my silence.

To donate now: Pick a heart and share a gift to support my day of silence and the work of Optimal Rhythms with programs that support the needs of students and families affected by complex communication challenges which impact speech. Be sure to indicate on your heart, if you are inspired to participate by someone in your life who communicates differently.

To volunteer: Click on "Fundraise for this Campaign" at the top of this page and create your own Giving Grid to collect donations to support your own Speak Only with Your Heart challenge.  Choose a date between Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 to intentionally commit to giving up your speaking voice for up to 12 hours. Set your goal at $500 or more, then share with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to plead for donations to help you "buy back your voice".

To nominate: Complete the form at this link to challenge someone you know to give up their voice for 12 hours in support of all those who long for a voice each day. Consider setting up challenges between businesses, departments, schools, classrooms, club members, neighborhoods, friends, or family members.

By participating, you will be reminded that "non-speaking" is not the same as "non-thinking", and that speech is a motor function, not a reflection of intelligence. Do you still have ideas and opinions, even when you can't express them via speech? Notice how people engage with you (or not) when you communicate differently. Note how you feel, being unable to quickly speak a thought or opinion or need.  What efforts are required to get your point across when you can't speak? When you are not understood, how does it affect your mood, your self-regulation, and your behavior?

Your participation will raise awareness and bring crucial funding to help Optimal Rhythms provide promising communication training modules, educational programs, and summer camps for nonspeaking students in our community and across the country.

Thank you, in advance, for getting involved in this innovative fundraising event!

Please SHARE this page and CHALLENGE others to participate!

How will you Make a Difference This October??



Optimal Rhythms is a 501c3 Charitable Organization. Donations are tax-deductible.


Optimal Rhythms, Inc. / ACCESS Academy

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1003 SR 662 W
Newburgh, IN 47630

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