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Man on 100-day project to raise stuttering awareness

cameron Cameron Francek

Cameron Francek is on a personal mission to talk to 100 people over 100 days. His purpose is to spread awareness about stuttering and educate as many people as possible through engaging with them personally. The U.S. celebrates Stuttering Awareness Week May 12 - 18, and this Detroit, Michigan resident is using it as an opportunity to overcome his own fears, and at the same time helping others understand stuttering better. It is not only to spread the word about a problem faced by millions, but to help himself overcome the tremendous anxiety he felt when talking to people.

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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

RichardHolmes Richard Holmes

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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Diversity Outreach Project

mary rose Mary Rose

I am a stutterer and I have accepted my speech. In the past, I have experienced ridicule from individuals and groups. I felt self conscious, inferior and did not see the purpose of my speech challenge. I attended therapy with brief fluency. The turning point in my life occurred when I started the Vancouver Support Group for Stutterers in 1997 and became involved with the stuttering community.

 

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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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