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Freedom of Speech at the Beach

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CSA members Daniele Rossi and Samuel Dunsiger share what they got out of attending the 2012 National Stuttering Association conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

By Daniele Rossi

This year marked my third time attending the NSA conference. It was great to hang out with my friends again and have good times together.
But spending only four days with my friends just was not enough.

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The Australian Stuttering Research Centre addresses social phobia

The Australian Stuttering Research Centre, located at Sydney University, is developing a program to treat social phobia in people who stutter. The developed treatment, a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) program, will include online therapy.

Mark Onslow, the foundation director and a famous figure in stuttering treatment and research, explains that although stuttering is a physical disorder, the social anxiety that is sometimes created by it is not always addressed or treated by a speech therapist.

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Newfoundland radio reporter shares story of stuttering

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During a meeting of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in St. John's, Newfoundland, Cecil Hare, a traffic reporter for a radio station in that city, told the story of how he grew up with a severe stutter, and how it affects his life today. Growing up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in the 1970s, there was no access to speech therapy or education about the problem. Cecil shares his story with the CBC here. You can also view a video of his speech.

"Kill Your Stutter" Exposed

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At the risk of sounding repetitive, it is time to restate our campaign against the "Kill Your Stutter" product that is currently being sold over the net through the on-line marketing company Clickbank. On the face of it, the whole thing seems frivolous and ridiculous, something nobody would fall for. Yet the price of the e-book that claims to be able to stop stuttering in 10 minutes has risen steadily since its introduction, from $37 to $97 – it would seem sales are going strong. The people who sell it have nothing but contempt for people who stutter, as illustrated by the communication on an on-line forum where they make fun of stuttering and comment that people who stutter "seem like a good desperate niche [market]".

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Stuttering John's Bistro

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On Saturday June 2, some members of the stuttering community in Toronto made a road trip to Oshawa, Ontario to Stuttering John's Bistro, to visit our friend Johnathon Boville and treat ourselves to more delicious food. We had a great time! We got a chance to visit with each other and Johnathon joined us, between serving customers, to chat and let us know what he's been up to.

Johnathon has always been very active in his community, volunteering his time for fundraising events for the youth and schools, and is an active BIA member. Recently his contribution to the community was recognized by the Durham Regional Employment Network (DREN).

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Social media and stuttering

This article was first published in the Fall/Winter 2011 version of CSA Voices.

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Upon returning home from the National Stuttering Association conference in Fort Worth, Texas last year, I’ll admit that one of the first things I did was log onto Facebook. Its normal addictive powers are even greater when you come home from a conference that hosted 800 people and you want to connect with them. During the first few post-conference days, I felt like I was high on Facebook. I spent more hours than usual on it, adding new stuttering friends and browsing through profiles. It’s the power of social media.

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