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We are used to seeing some pretty ridiculous stuff on the internet, including more than a few outlandish get-rich-quick marketing schemes. It is easy to dismiss much of it as harmless, thinking, “who would fall for that?” But a closer analysis of how these marketing schemes work, and who benefits and who suffers, might stir different reactions – such as anger towards the insidious nature of unethical internet marketing. There are a few dubious offers on the internet about “cures” for stuttering. The most prevalent is the Kill Your Stutter offer, a program that guarantees to cure stuttering in ten minutes upon the purchase of an e-book.

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

Marvin Klotz Marvin Klotz (photo credit: Ali Salem) The King’s Speech has won many awards and revived interest in the phenomenon of “stuttering” (“stammering is the British and supposedly, gentler terminology). Hard as it is to believe, I was not always the slim, agile, silver tongued, long haired role model you have always known and admired.  At one time, I couldn’t even say hello on the telephone let alone call strangers – yes I was/am a “stutterer”.

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This article is a review of Gerald Maguire's Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering first appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

WHcover Gerald A. Maguire is an Associate Pressor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs, at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering. This is the only research centre in the world dedicated exclusively to this field of study – the treatment of stuttering through medicine.

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This article first appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of CSA Voices. Photos by John G. Meadows.

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Daniele Rossi of Toronto has recently joined the CSA board of directors. For several years he’s been involved with social media as a podcaster, web designer, and artist. It was his involvement with social media that had led him to accept his stuttering.

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

So often, we pass judgments on people by our first impressions of them, often without giving it a second thought. But how often do we take the time to look beyond our first  impressions of someone? How often do we make the effort to engage with someone even after the first impression of them may not have been what we expected or desired?

Most of the time we don’t give people we meet that opportunity, and yet those few times that we do, we can risk seeing something in someone we did not know  existed. As stutterers we often put ourselves in that scenario, where we hope people will take a second glance to look beyond a less than desirable first impression, as we struggle to get the words out.

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The CSA conference that took place August 19th-20th was a success.

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