Our Mission

Welcome to The Speak Foundation (TSF). We would love for you to learn more about our mission by reading over this page. You can also watch the video below of Founder and Director, Kathryn Bryant, sharing about the original vision for TSF. This foundation began as a wish when Pantene sponsored the “Beautiful Wishes” campaign. Kathryn’s wish became reality to help children, teens, and adults with disabilities! TSF is now dedicated to helping people of all ages cope with and overcome the challenges of living with a neuromuscular disease (NMD).

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of those with disabilities.

After dealing with the realities of Muscular Dystrophy as a young person, it became evident to Kathryn that the most difficult part of having a physical health condition was not just the physical hardship, but often the emotional isolation experienced when we feel no one understands how we feel or can relate to our circumstances. We know, from first hand experience, how important friendships and mentorship are. Speak seeks to reach out to those living with NMDs, connect their lives, provide information and support, and inspire hope. One way that we do this is through our annual summer conference, which provides a context for relationship building and educational sessions on the many issues that affect those with NMDs most deeply.

Even in 2016, there are many people living with disabilities who are isolated in their communities, dealing with barriers such as lack of transportation or access to good medical care, and connecting with others who are dealing with similar circumstances can be difficult. Speak was created to unite a community, give all people with disabilities a voice, and defend the rights of those in need.

~Proverbs 31:8-9~
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy

When asked why we want to provide this foundation, we have to tell you that all the glory goes to God. When I was young, the only thing that truly helped me to have a peace about my disability was knowing that God had a plan for me, and while He did not like that I had to suffer, He was able to use my suffering for good and to help people. So many people that I have spoken to have shared this same experience, and this fact has given them the strength to live life with purpose. God has a purpose in suffering and can use any individual regardless of disability. We give all the honor and praise to Jesus Christ who sets us free from any bondage.

The Speak Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a 100% charitable organization, which means that we do not take salaries from donations made. TSF is run entirely by volunteers who live with a form of Muscular Dystrophy or who have a loved one with a disability. We are committed to operating in a manner that ensures that your financial support goes directly to our mission and the individuals we serve, not to paying a staff or for overhead costs. We would love for you to help us fulfill our mission. Whether you would like to volunteer in some way or offer financial support, we are happy to have you as a part of TSF!

Thank you and God bless you for being a part of our mission.

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