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Self-help and the International Scene

Abstract. During 15 years of volunteer work, the author has been involved in the founding of the Stuttering Association of Toronto (1988), the Canadian Association for People Who Stutter (1991), the Estonian Association for People Who Stutter (1993), and the International Stuttering Association (1995). Key concepts in this paper include collaboration, development of a sense of ownership, leadership succession, data-orientation, impartiality, clarity in definition of terms, and growth and renewal. The paper defines terms related to self-help, and describes how research on the sociology of self-help offers a framework for analysis of stages of growth in stuttering self-help associations.

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Stuttering and your career

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This article appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of the CSA Newsletter.

As people who stutter, we face challenges in the community, and in our careers. This article highlights presentations by five panelists at a Stuttering and Your Career workshop at the CSA national stuttering conference in Toronto on August 16-19, 2007. The workshop, chaired by Thomas Klassen, was held on Saturday, August 18, 2007.

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Baby steps to public speaking

This article first appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the CSA newsletter.

I am active in the podcasting community where everyone is encouraged to give presentations at conferences. I was eager to participate since my early days in the podcasting community, but having stuttered all my life, I automatically wrote that idea off as “I could never be able to do that”.

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Saying Farewell to the Role of CSA Coordinator

This article first appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the CSA Newsletter

Shelli is a speech pathologist and a person who stutters. She became involved in the CSA to support other people who stutter by sharing her personal experiences, and to be a strong voice for people who stutter in Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, Joe.

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Four years ago I was given an opportunity to be the national coordinator of the Canadian Stuttering Association. Upon reflection I realize that I did not know what I would be dealing with as coordinator, or what an impact the position would have on my life.

I thought I would lead a few meetings, send some emails, attend conferences and hopefully inspire others who stuttered to become involved in the CSA. Those would prove to be some of my tasks, but there were so many more duties that came my way and challenged me as a person who stutters.

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