Communication Difficulty

Year: 2017
People with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) experience significant speech loss throughout the progression of the disease. ‘Dysarthria’, or slow, slurred speech, is often an early sign of MJD, and may progress over time to complete speech loss (Anarthria). This Help Sheet explains some of the changes in communication that occur as a result of MJD and shares ideas on ways to communicate well with someone with MJD.