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It All Boils Down To Numbers

Richard HolmesRichard with his two daughters
Let's face it, a lot of life boils down to numbers. For each of us those numbers are unique. For me those numbers are 2, 300, 27, 60, 12 & 1. I'll touch on each of these numbers and the significance they hold for me. Being a person that stutters, I can say one of my most significant motivators has been when I've been told "you won't". You won't amount to much, you won't overcome your stutter you won't live a productive life. 

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Living Stutter-Free for 5 Days

Richard HolmesRichard, left, with friends at NSA2015
A few months ago, I came the closest I've ever come to having my childhood dream of a stutter-free life come true. Ironically, it was at a place where there is more stuttering per square foot that you could find anywhere else in the world. This was the first year I have attended the National Stuttering Association’s Annual Conference, and I hope that by sharing the surprising lessons I learned it might encourage other Canadians to make the trip to the conference in Atlanta next year.

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Stuttering has no borders

Annie BradberryAnnie Bradberry, second
from left, seated
Canadians aren’t the only ones who attend the Canadian Stuttering Association conferences. People from all over have participated, particularly our neighbours south of the border!

In this third installment of our Q and A series with past attendees of our conferences – in anticipation of our upcoming 2015 conference (details here) – our subject is Annie Bradberry who hails from California. Annie has contributed tremendously to the stuttering community over the years and attends stuttering conferences all over the world!

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The importance of humour and moving forward with change

Sally PetersonSally Petersen, right,
with friend Annie Bradbury
In anticipation of our upcoming conference on October 24, we continue with Daniele Rossi's interviews with people who have attended conferences in the past. He  travels south of the border once again and chats with Sally Peterson who has attended many conferences over the years, including in Canada.

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Stuttering has made me a stronger person

Alexandra Alexandra D'Agostino In this fourth installment of our Q and A series with past attendees of our conferences – in anticipation of our upcoming 2015 conference (details here– our subject is Alexandra D'Agostino. Alexandra is a board member for the CSA and involved in the NSA in the States as well.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Hi everyone, my name is Alexandra D’Agostino and I am 22 years old. I am a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology!

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Stuttering does not make you incompetent

Casey, second from right,
at the NSA Conference in 2014
This is the second of a series by CSA Board member Daniele Rossi interviewing attendees of Canadian Stuttering Association conferences past. Here is new SLP and also a CSA board member, Casey Kennedy. The CSA's 2015 one-day conference will take on Saturday, October 24 in Toronto, with author Katherine Preston as a keynote speaker. Further details including how to register here. Take advantage of early bird pricing before September 13!

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