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Stuttering – A Listener's Guide


Jaan PillJaan PillThis is the content of a speech delivered by Jaan Pill to the North York Kiwanis Club, April 20, 2011.

Good evening. I want to thank you for this opportunity to speak with you.

Twenty years ago, I was involved in the founding of the Canadian Stuttering Association, or CSA for short. CSA is run entirely by volunteers, and I am one of them.

Part of my volunteer work involves media relations on behalf of CSA. Usually, that means sending out a news release, every time we have some event or conference that we want to publicize. In response, reporters will contact us and put together a story.

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A great opportunity to talk about change

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This article first appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

We don’t often get a decent opportunity to talk to non-stutterers about stuttering.  And possibly we are a bit reluctant to take the few opportunities we do get. Instead, we’ve tended to support each other by talking amongst ourselves.  As a result, we’ve created a kind of hidden Stuttering World, which means that stuttering is not well understood in the Outside World.

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Dating with a Stammer/Stutter

BBC Radio 4 has a show about dating for people who stammer. Mr. Ashley Morrison speaks about how he copes with the difficulties in this interview.

A plethora of articles about stuttering

If someone had told me five years ago that there would be a day when articles about stuttering were everywhere you turned – whether the newspaper, radio, internet or television news outlets – I would have been highly skeptical. After all, nobody talked about stuttering. Yet today, a little movie about a stuttering king has made the condition a hot topic in news media. The general public seems both interested and amused in stuttering because of the depiction of King George VI's struggle with his speech, and journalists are always happy to oblige the latest craze. Also people who stutter are feeling more comfortable talking and writing about their experience.

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Elaine Saitta interviewed

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Elaine Saitta, from Seattle, Washington, has been involved in organizations for people who stutter for many years, particularly the National Stuttering Organization. She attended the CSA conference in Vancouver in 1997, and later this year will be one of our keynote speakers at CSA 2011. In her work as a speech-language pathologist she treats clients of all ages, including young adults. In this moving interview by Pamela Mertz, Elaine speaks about how "coming out" as a person who stutters, and meeting other people who stutter, changed her life. Listen here.

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