Social Enterprise (SE) Spotlight
Shanghai Voice Changer
When I was 20 years old, I met a girl who was unable to speak clearly due to her cleft palate – the most common congenital malformation of the oral and maxillofacial regions. The girl shared with me, “My dream is that other people can hear my dream.”
With a major in broadcasting and hosting, I decided to make that little girl’s dream a reality and founded Voice Changer. Voice Changer’s mission is to help children with speech disorders in China learn how to communicate normally through innovative therapy. In addition, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of caring and professional speech therapists.
Founder of Voice Changer, Du Xintong
The work we do
China has more than 100 million people who suffer from speech disorders, and we hope that the work we do will enable the children and youth to gain confidence through the recovery of their ability to speak. We provide both a conducive classroom environment and online lessons that are targeted to helping the children with speech disorders in China. Outside of the classroom learning, Shanghai Voice Changer is creating a better reality for many of these children through holistic speech therapy by empowering parents with toolkits and guidance to support their children at home.
Currently, children between two and 16 years old can attend our online and in-person classes. Our online classes are for beneficiaries with mild to moderate symptoms and is a combination of one-to-one classes, supervised learning, and course recordings for home practice. We prioritise those children with moderate to severe speech disorders for the in-person classes.
Soon, we plan to have flagship centres next to hospitals in China's Tier 1 & 2 cities and support social welfare community service centres farther outskirts to allow more children to benefit from our services. We also plan to expand with franchise outlets in Tier 3 & 4 cities.
Our beneficiaries span from toddlers to teenagers with speech disorders, and we hope to drive more public awareness regarding speech disorders. To date we have:
- Trained over 1,100 volunteer speech therapists.
- Provided nearly 36,000 speech rehabilitation service to more than 2,000 people with speech disorders.
- Achieved rehabilitation rate and service satisfaction rates above 95%.
How we partner with DBS Foundation
The DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant will catalyse the expansion of our offline model into Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities in China, which will enable us to reach more beneficiaries effectively. Our partnership with DBS Foundation also gives us the opportunity to delve deep into the research and design of our products, which will helps us provide a more systemic solution to our beneficiaries.
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