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Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech.

his vocal journey can help you become a happier, healthier and more effective teacher.

In a profession where communication between teacher and learner is key, a teacher's voice problems can grind the learning process to a screeching halt. Damaged or fatigued voices are often low-pitched, hoarse, rough and difficult to understand.

Unfortunately, voice problems among schoolteachers are common. Teachers are a whopping 32 times more likely to report voice difficulties than people in other jobs, according to a recent study. Yet experts estimate that 75 percent of these problems can be prevented or self-managed if teachers have access to cutting-edge research and medical information. And, that's exactly why the Voice Academy website was built. Think of this website as a bridge between the voice pros and you. Your vocal health care journey takes you through an imaginary school called the Voice Academy. Explore its rooms to learn how to keep your teaching voice in tip-top shape.

The Voice Academy was originally released in 2004. Its creators gratefully acknowledge financial support (grant 5R25DC4605) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is concerned about your vocal health, too.