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So much better than I thought!

This is a republishing of Joshua's article written two years ago, about how much he got out of attending the CSA conference. Information about the upcoming 2018 Conference on October 20th is available here.

When my mom told me that I was going to the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) conference, I wasn’t excited at all. I thought it would be one of those stereotypical conventions - just talking and boring games, but it wasn’t.

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Joze Piranian's award-winning Tedx talk

Joze PiranianLifelong stutterer and award-winning Speaker and Comedian Joze Piranian shares his ongoing journey of confronting fear to motivate others to overcome their own obstacles (their "inner stutter") and fulfill their true potential.

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Behind the Stutter

Jen HartIt was a typical morning in the bustling streets of downtown Toronto. I had yet to speak to anyone outside of my home that day. With every step to work, I thought about my initial “listener” who lurked just a few blocks away: an anonymous coffee barista at Tim Hortons.  

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Podcast pain and gutsy gains

Ryan Ryan Cowley

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a very visual person. While there isn’t anything wrong with that, it has provided me with one major setback. Due to my stuttering, if I'm speaking with someone, I need their visual attention. So, if someone I’m speaking to is looking at a computer screen, looking through cupboards or sitting in the front seat of a car while I’m sitting in the backseat, getting even just a few words out can be a daunting task. Since I can’t see who I’m speaking to on the phone, it makes speaking even more difficult. 

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A look back at the movie Rocket Science

Rocket ScienceMovies that feature stuttering are few and far between, and they usually depict it unrealistically or for the laugh factor. There are exceptions, of course. In 2010, the The King’s Speech was released, an uplifting story about the struggles of King George VI as he unexpectedly assumes the throne of England. But three years earlier, to considerably less attention, launched a different film that also featured a stuttering protagonist, Rocket Science. The two films could not be more different.

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Learning Curves

rock bottomHitting rock bottom can be one of the most beautiful and life altering things we will ever endure. Throughout our lives, we can hit rock bottom a number of times in many different ways. For each of us, this will look very different. 

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