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Buyer beware! Buying "treatment" on the Net

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As a person who stutterers, there is nothing wrong with keeping your mind open to different treatments, even if they are not mainstream. But at the same time, we must remember to keep critical faculties intact. When someone tells us they might “cure” our problems, it is easy to lose sight of reality. We are often desperate for help for our stuttering, and are vulnerable to scams that might promise to rid us of our stuttering but succeed only to separate us from our money. Here are some things to ask when trying to gauge the credibility of a product or publication that you might find on the internet or elsewhere.

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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 daughter’s perspective

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

Theresa's father, Mike Hughes, published the Speak Easy newsletter out of his home in New Brunswick for many years. He died in September of 2010.

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Alan Rabinowitz: Big Cat Preservationist and Stutterer

Stuttering and Big Cats DVD

The title of this DVD, Stuttering and the Big Cats, might make you think it is the field notes of some imaginative researcher who believes he has found a pride of lions with "roaring impetiments". However, that is not what it is about at all.

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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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Mike Hughes, a Canadian pioneer for stuttering support and self-help

This article was originally published in the Winter 2011 issue of CSAVoices.

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I reacted with numbing sadness and disbelief when news arrived that Mike Hughes had passed away on September 22nd, 2010.

Over many years, Mike had been a friend, a supporter and a mentor. We were linked by a common interest in stuttering.

For 22 years Mike Hughes was the Executive Director of Speak Easy Canada Inc., Canada’s first, charitable organization for people who stutter, which he founded in 1984. Based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike was already involved in helping those who, like him, stuttered.

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