So, what is the PURPOSE of Vocal Unity:

To help people around the world who struggle with vocal disorders by providing an internationally united platform for organizations and experts who are passionate about resolving voice problems.

We are not a single organization, we represent a movement!

Regarding the MISSION, what’s the focus:

The mission of Vocal Unity is to:

  1. Bring international awareness to the impact of living with chronic voice loss
  2. Provide support to those who face vocal challenges on a daily basis
  3. Connect patients to specialized resources that would have otherwise not been available

And this Summit, what’s that all about?

The Vocal Unity International Summit is a 6-day, multi-speaker event that is broadcast online.   The Summit bridges the efforts of organizations and support groups around the world by providing a single platform for sharing expertise critical for aiding in the recovery and management of vocal disorders.

Led by VocalDisorders.org (a grass-roots initiative to empower those who live with voice restrictions) and in partnership with other voice-focused organizations around the world, the summit is planned to become an annually recurring event in celebration of acknowledgement of World Voice Day (April 16).

But, what does SUCCESS looks like:

Creating online events that have high attendance, attract wonderful speakers, and get people sharing more of their experiences is something most movements would want.

However, there is a greater purpose behind all of that.

Vocal Unity will be a success when we have unification of resources around the world in a way that seamlessly promotes research and treatments that will benefit those living with chronic voice conditions.

Also, if just one person is exposed to knowledge that helps them improve their voice or quality of life while living with a vocal disorder, all of the effort to make this movement happen is worth it!

How did all of this get started?

Launched in 2017, Vocal Unity is a movement first envisioned by Andrea Hardaway (founder of VocalDisorders.org - a grass-roots initiative to empower those who live with voice restrictions).  The vision began taking form through the feedback of the Vocal Disorders community.   From there, small and committed volunteer Advisory Council did the work to make the first Summit happen!

The members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Andrea Hardaway
  • Clark Rosen, MD
  • Dortha Hise
  • Ingrid Price

While VocalDisorders.org started this movement, it is designed to be shared with other organizations around the world.

But, what does SUCCESS looks like:

Creating online events that have high attendance, attract wonderful speakers, and get people sharing more of their experiences is something most movements would want.