For Immediate Release - April 26, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS WITH VOICE DISORDERS

BOSTON – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, legislators and advocates to sign S. 2017, “An Act Designating World Voice Week.” The legislation requires the Governor to annually issue a proclamation establishing the week beginning April 16 as World Voice Week, to recognize and support individuals suffering from voice disorders.

World Voice Week
Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray joined by legislators and advocates at a ceremonial bill signing. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office). View full size photo.

“I am proud to sign this legislation that will raise awareness for the many individuals in the Commonwealth who suffer from voice disorders, and honor the medical professionals who work day in and day out to treat and prevent these disorders.” said Governor Patrick.

“By partnering with the state legislature, Massachusetts will designate World Voice Week every year to recognize individuals with voice disorders and also increase awareness about voice disorders to help deliver more resources within the health industry and communities across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray.

“I was proud to be part of the Governor’s World Voice Week bill signing today,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “With so many of us who are challenged by voice disorders, this recognition will help raise awareness within our communities and the health industry. Congratulations to all the citizens and advocates who worked so hard on this issue.”

“I was proud to sponsor this legislation on behalf of the thousands throughout the Commonwealth and more than 7 million people around the country who suffer from some sort of voice disorder,” said Senator Michael Moore. “My goals in filing this legislation are to raise awareness for those individuals who suffer from voice disabilities, to honor the medical professionals who work tirelessly to treat voice disabilities, and to bring a greater focus on the prevention and treatment of voice disabilities in the medical community. I am truly grateful to the Governor for his leadership in making these goals a reality.”

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