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Newfoundland radio reporter shares story of stuttering

cecil haire Reporter Cecil Hare on the job

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.

Defying the odds

cassells William Cassells

At sixteen, when applying for my first job, l was told by an employment officer that due to my stuttering, I would never be employed, never have a social life, never be married and  never have children. He could not have been more wrong. It was never easy, though. I tried every company in my own home town and when I did not find any employment there, I tried every company in an ever widening circle.  Finally I secured a position as an apprentice draftsperson, 10 kilometers from my home town.

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Article Review: Changing adolescent attitudes toward stuttering

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This is a summary and review, not a republishing, of the article "Changing adolescent attitudes toward stuttering", by Ken St. Louis and Timothy Flynn. From the Journal of Fluency Disorders, 2011, 110-121.

This review was originally published in the 2011 Winter edition of CSA Voices.

This article provides an excellent overview of how a survey technique, the International Project on Attitudes towards Human Attributes (IPATHA), can be used to determine the results of public education efforts aimed at improving attitudes toward stuttering.

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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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Disclosing your stuttering in a job interview

dan Dan Rossi

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

I found myself laid off quite unexpectedly last year. My workplace of the last 9 years no longer needed my skills. As thoughts of what new adventure awaits ran around inside my head, I was also starting to worry about stuttering in job interviews. A worry I haven’t had for a decade.

Would employers discriminate against my stuttering? Would they think the usual myths about stuttering? That I am a person of weak character or low intelligence?

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Kill Your Stutter site – update and call to action

The CSA website has featured articles about the Kill Your Stutter website, a money-making scheme that makes an offer to eliminate stuttering in 10 minutes by following instructions in an e-book. If you are not familiar with this controversy, there are articles about it here and here.

It is the position of most of the stuttering community that this product is being sold by unethical means, by making unsubstantiated claims and preying on the weaknesses and desperation of people who stutter. The product offers a "guarantee" and those who purchase are allowed to return the product within sixty days. However, in the past five months the cost of this product has risen from $67 to $97, indicating that profits are indeed being made on this item, and those who purchase are not returning the product even after their disappointment at the lack of results.

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