Maya’s story: Everyone deserves a voice

Little girl in little chair with standard poodle beside her

Maya and Parker (Courtesy Dana Nieder)

Imagine that you’ve just turned four. (If you really did, you can skip this part.) Your name is Maya. And you are, to quote your mother, wiggly and giggly. You’ve got a mischievous streak, and a perfect partner in crime: Parker, your standard poodle.

Now. Imagine that you can’t speak. You can say “done.” And, sometimes, “bye” and “mama” and “dada.”┬áBut the muscles that control your speech production are just too weak and disorganized to get you any further.

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