Spasmodic dysphonia is a unique and individualized disorder. It affects people in different ways both physically and emotionally. Support is a critical part of understanding and dealing with SD. The NSDA offers a range of support options to fit the needs of SD patients and their families.
Support groups, both on-line and in-person, give help and hope. They can provide companionship, offer valuable adaptive strategies, and provide a forum where SD patients can talk in a non-judgmental environment. Support groups also provide people a chance to give of themselves and help others.
The NSDA's materials and DVDs explain SD symptoms and treatments and also help educate family, friends, and others about living with SD. NSDA symposiums provide a chance to meet with and learn from others affected by SD along with hearing from leading medical professionals in the field.
Led by Support Services Director Mary Bifaro, the NSDA's support programs provide an opportunity for people to not only cope with SD, but empower people to reach beyond the disorder. We have hundreds of volunteers in our support network who are willing to reach out and help.