Austin Speech Labs

Organizational Overview

Austin Speech Labs
7800 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, 78757

Mission Statement

Austin Speech Labs is a 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for stroke survivors and their caregivers. We provide intensive speech, language, and cognitive therapy at an affordable cost.

2016 was a huge year of growth for Austin Speech Labs.

We presented our studies and findings on phonology and our intensive speech model at the national convention for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia.
Our team will be presenting our phonology findings at the International Stroke Conference in Houston, Texas and the state convention for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Austin, Texas.

In addition, Six of our clients successfully completed the pilot study for Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation where the goal is to improve speech-language recovery through intensive verb therapy that is supplemented with electrical stimulation.

We are proud to state that, we have completed four research papers that are waiting to be peer-reviewed and then published. The topics include: Intensive Music Therapy, Intensive Speech Therapy, Phonology, and Transcrainial Direct-Current Stimulation.

Our research team is continually keeping up-to-date with current research articles to continue implementing various techniques here at Austin Speech Labs. Our goal is to not only provide the clients of Austin Speech Labs with the best evidence based practices, but to share / publish our findings with other individuals, organizations, and journals so that stroke survivors across the country and the world can share in the positive outcomes.

Our research goal for 2017 is to keep learning, studying, and developing new topics, ideas, and techniques to speed up speech-language recovery post stroke within Austin Speech Labs and various collaborators such as Seton Hospital, Dell Medical School, St. David's Health, and many more.

In 2016, we provided ~$57,000 worth of discounted & free therapy for our clients that fall under our sliding scale qualifications. Collectively within the organization we provided ~15,000 of therapy to stroke survivors. Please help us reach our goal of $50,000 to keep providing low-cost intensive therapy.

Our overall program goal for 2017 is to have a 25% increase in the amount of clients that receive our services. We also hope to open our volunteer training program to various members and business leaders of the Austin Community!

Impact Statement

In most cases, patients not covered by health insurance, speech therapy typically costs $200-$250 for an initial assessment, then about $100 to almost $250 per hour. Typically, private therapy in Texas charges $250 for an initial assessment, then $120 for a half-hour session -- or $240 an hour.

At Austin Speech Labs, we charge $50 for an initial assessment and $10 an hour for speech therapy and we offer free and discounted services for those who meet the qualifications.

Our clients typically come for three hours per day, three days of the week for 8 weeks. $720 could fund a stroke survivor for an entire 8-week session of speech therapy.

Austin Speech Labs opened our doors in 2008 and have been growing ever since. We believe that all stroke survivors, regardless of where they are in their recovery or their economic situation, should receive as much therapy as they need to find their words.

Our speech and cognitive therapy pushes back against the traditional belief that stroke survivors only have a small window of time to recover after their stroke. Our data shows that survivors can continue to make progress as long as they are getting the therapy they need.

Needs Statement

Donating $720 funds a stroke survivor for an entire 8-week session of speech therapy.
Donating $100 funds a stroke survivor for 1 week of speech therapy.
Donating $30 funds a stroke survivor for 1 day of speech therapy.
Donating $10 funds a stroke survivor for 1 hour of speech therapy.

Help us reach our goal of $50,000 to continue reaching our clients goals!

"I come here because it gets me out of bed, and gives me purpose. I need to be here for me and for my family. I come feeling down but I leave feeling like- it's going to get better."" -Austin Speech Labs Client

"Stroke recovery is scary. We didn't know where to turn for help after traditional therapy was completed. Austin Speech Labs not only provided us with remarkably effective results after standard post-stroke therapy but a family of survivors and caregivers as well. It's a community where you will be welcomed." - Austin Speech Labs Caregiver

"I really love this place - it is truly a rewarding experience. I hope to keep volunteering until I graduate!" - University of Texas at Austin Volunteer

"Austin Speech Labs has fundamentally changed the way I think about my education and career, and given me a deep passion for helping and advocating for people with communication disorders. Volunteering at ASL is always the highlight of my week and is the most meaningful thing I have ever done." - University of Texas at Austin Volunteer
Austin Speech Labs is truly grateful for our student volunteers and would not be able to provide our affordable services without them. We provide clinical training and experience for these volunteers and they in turn help our organization by assisting with client training and the day to day needs of our therapists. This opportunity provides hand-on 1:1 volunteer to client experience that allows our volunteers to get a jump start on practicing and learning therapy across a variety of clients.

Our volunteers come from various universities across Texas and during the summer semester, we have volunteers from universities across the country!

In 2017, we hope to expand our volunteer program to community volunteers and business members.
Amount: $St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis.

Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.