In this Action Alert, you’ll find great ways to be an advocate for Parkinson’s. Special thank you two of our new partners: Ping Pong Parkinson andSchluss mit Parkinsonfor registering 94 PD Avengers at the ITTF Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championships 2021 in Berlin. We also have now added a German section to our website. Also, welcome to new PD Avenger Partners: Parkinson Alliance, Parkinson Unity Walk, and LSVT Global. In Australia, Tina Gillespie has been busy recruiting friends and family from all over the world.
All of your recruiting efforts are what will continue to grow our membership, make our voices loud and sustained.
|HELP TRAIN GOOGLE AI TO UNDERSTAND VOICES AFFECTED BY PARKINSON’S|
|Has Parkinson’s weakened, changed, or silenced your voice? New PD Avenger partner LSVT Global has partnered with Google AI for “Project Euphonia.” The project is helping to train automatic speech recognition software to better understand what people with Parkinson’s and other neurologically caused speech issues.|
They are currently seeking people with PD to record samples of their speech in an effort to improve devices like Siri and Alexa to recognize unique speech patterns that can occur due to the disease.
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Hear the creators discuss Project Euphonia’s successes with ALS on the Today Show. Also, this introduction will help you get acquainted with how the project works.
If you want to participate in Project Euphonia or have any questions, please email email@example.com.
***The more impaired your speech is the better it is for the project as it helps challenge the AI. This project is open globally to readers of English, even if you have a strong accent on top of Parkinson’ s voice affects.
|In Canada, a federal election has been called for September 20, 2021. Parkinson Canada is asking its members and supporters of the Canadian Parkinson’s community to reach out to electoral candidates to prioritize Parkinson’s disease. They cite long wait times (one in five people wait more than a year to receive a diagnosis), a shortage of Movement Disorder Specialists and the lack of a consistent approach to care across the country as issues that need to be addressed.|
You can raise your voice by using their election advocacy tools and templates to send an email directly to your candidates, sign a petition or engage with them on twitter using the hashtag #PrioritizePD. The Parkinson Canada election homepage is linked here. Tools to contact local candidates are here.
Parkinson Canada also has prepared a Federal Election Toolkit . This provides Canadians with a step-by-step guide on how to effectively engage with elected officials and candidates. It does so by providing in-depth resources that contain key information and data on Parkinson’s and the current state of healthcare in Canada along with suggestions of strategic asks that you can make.
No matter what, Parkinson Canada is committed to raising the voices if those affected by Parkinson’s – let’s support our community!
|Parkinson’s Superwalk 2021! Watch Saturday (Today) as I host the live streams for the Parkinson Canada National Opening Ceremonies at 8am PDT (with the amazing Saphia Khambalia – The Weather Network) |
The live stream is on Facebook.
Watch the BC Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, September 11 at 10:00am on Facebook .
“This year’s Ceremonies will be hosted by none other than our friend, Larry Gifford, whose ever-extending resume includes being the National Director of Talk Radio for Corus Entertainment, hosting the When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast, and co-founding the PD Avengers.”
|THE PD AVENGERS TAKEOVERTHE MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATIONPARKINSON’S PODCAST!|
|The PD Avengers Podcast Takeover Part One|
Ever wondered why there are so many Parkinson’s organizations around the world? Join the PD Avengers – a global advocacy group – as they take over MJFF’s podcast to understand what sets each organization apart, and how you can get involved today.
The PD Avengers Podcast Takeover Part Two
Tune in to part two of this podcast takeover as the global advocacy group – the PD Avengers – highlights more Parkinson’s organizations from all over the world. Connect with new groups, learn about their mission and find resources that can.
|Rallying to the Challenge 2021|
|October 7-8, 2021Rallying to the Challenge is a meeting designed for and by people with Parkinson’s, advocates and care partners to explore how the Parkinson’s community can impact and accelerate research.|
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|The inaugural VIVID DREAMS Art Exhibition, featuring the art of people with Parkinson’s was a smashing success! Parkinson’s ArtBrand Director Trevor Woollard is thrilled by the response, “We received 13,844 visitors over the 3 weeks and raised a significant amount of money for research. We are still in the process of collecting money, but we will communicate the final figure soon. In terms of raising awareness, we probably reached a lot more people.”|
Discussions are underway for a 2022 Exhibition. If you missed out this year, you can still access the virtual tour onwww.parkinsons.art. While there be sure to buy a copy or ten of the Vivid Dreams book. SPOILER ALERT: Here is a picture of how the book ends.
|Details to be revealed soon on how your art, photography, music, poetry or other creative outlet may be an inspiration for the World Parkinsons Day logo that PD Avengers and our Partners will be creating.|
Also, we are seeking an illustrator with a PD connection to help create a comic. Email Larry@PDAvengers.com if you’re interested.
|PD Avengers Assemble!|
|The PD Avengers Bi-monthly Meeting will be hosted by PMD Alliance to help increase capacity. There will now be room for 300 participants.|
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