Andi Tiscareño and her mother.

The University of Texas at El Paso is assisting those who are transitioning with free voice modification help.

Participants work one-on-one with members of the speech-language pathology program to raise or lower their voice’s pitch, according to the El Paso Herald-Post. Already 18 people participated in the services since it opened in 2016, including UTEP mechanical engineering student Andi Tiscareño.

“Whenever I’d go through drive-thrus or I’d be on the phone, I’d be called ‘sir’ rather than ‘ma’am’ and it would always depress me,” Tiscareño said. “I’m hardly ever misgendered anymore.” 

Currently, 16 speech-language pathology graduate students work with the director of UTEP’s Voice Brain and Language Lab Patricia Lara and Clinical Supervisor Deena Peterson.