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Eye to eye: Stuttering and the gaze

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This is a review of the article, "Avoidance of eye gaze by adults who stutter," from the research publication the Journal of Fluency Disorders., 37 (2012) pgs 263-274.

The research was conducted and documented by Robyn Lowe, Adam J Guastella, Nigel T.M. Chen, Ross G. Menzies, Ann Packman, Sue O'Brian, Mark Onslow. They are with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and the Brain & Mind Research Institute, both of the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Richard Holmes, pro Mountain Biker and PWS

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Richard Holmes is a successful pro mountain biker who lives in Whistler, BC. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, he moved out there years ago after falling in love with the sport, and his skill garnered him sponsors, trophies and prizes. After studying Mountain Bike Operations on BC's Sunshine Coast, he became a certified coach at the Whistler Bike Park.

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An update on stuttering and genetic research

Dr. Dennis Drayna, researcher at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), has been studying the genetic factor as it relates to stuttering for many years. He has recently updated the stuttering community about his research in an interview with the American Speech and Hearing Association and a podcast interview on Stuttertalk.

Popular music and stuttering

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Two years ago, the Stuttering Foundation awarded the 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive tune You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet an award for being the "most unique" of all the songs that feature stuttering. It stood out because it is about a real person: Randy Bachman's brother, Glen, who stuttered. Randy performed a version of the song with stuttering in the chorus as a tribute to him, never intending it to be released. But the band's manager thought the stuttering version had more character, and it ended up being used for the album.

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The academic field of Disability Studies

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Disability Studies is a relatively recent field in academia, yet today almost all of Canada's major universities have degree programs in this area. In what will be the first of a series, this article will summarize a paper by a student in a Disabilities Studies program who has specialized in the topic of stuttering. The student featured here is Joshua St. Pierre, an MA candidate in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His paper is entitled "The Construction of the Disabled Speaker: Locating Stuttering in Disability Studies."

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