created at: 2012-10-15One of the many offerings of the Parkinson’s Family Support program is the Tremble Clefs choral group, which rehearses weekly throughout the year at a church in Newton. Tremble Clefs is a collaboration of JF&CS with the Massachusetts General Hospital speech therapy department, whose goal is to teach people strategies for being louder and clearer when they speak. As voice volume can diminish for some people with Parkinson’s disease, participation in the choral group can greatly improve their quality of life.

Last year, we needed assistance each week with the set up and break down of the chairs in the room in which we sing. As the director, I turned internally to JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities and was offered the services of Tom, a participant in the Meaningful Days program. Meaningful Days is a program funded by the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc. that serves people with disabilities who do not have funding for day programs or job coaching.

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