Call for Research Participants

research IconThe Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario is looking for people who stutter to participate in a study that investigates how they process auditory feedback while speaking. For more information go to the website or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the lab. From the Jones Lab centre's website: "We conduct a wide range of studies on speech communication, singing, musicianship, and decision making. We study both healthy individuals as well as individuals who are challenged by communication disorders."

A leap in genetic research into stuttering

zebrafinchScientists observed long ago that the singing behavior of birds had similarities with human speech. The ability to learn vocal expression is unique to humans, and, it was noted, certain song birds such as the zebra finch.  Now Dr. Erich Jarvis, an associate professor of neurobiology at the Duke University Medical School is just one of the researchers further studying this area, and making significant discoveries, such as the fact that birds and humans use essentially the same genes to speak. After identifying the genes responsible for speech defects, it may be possible in the future to repair speech and other disorders.

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National Geographic
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Walk/Run event for Stuttering Awareness 2015

walk pixAfter three successful years, the annual Walk/Run event for Stuttering Awareness will be continuing in 2015. The event raises money for the Speech and Stuttering Institute in Toronto. Their belief is that no one who needs this service should be turned away due to lack of funds.

Greg O'Grady, a graduate of the clinic, started the Walk/Run event in 2012. Since then thousands of dollars have been raised, made possible by the efforts of many volunteers. It takes a team of people to make it happen! People are needed for fundraising, advertising and general planning. If you are interested in volunteering, Please contact the Walk Coordinator, Greg O'Grady, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 647-344-9363, roulette-game.org.

"Out With It" published in Japanese!

booksSince Katherine Preston published her memoir in 2013 about growing up with the challenges of stuttering, Out With It has touched countless readers the world over. A Japanese translator who is also a person who stutters was so moved by her book that she wanted to make sure people of her nation could read and enjoy it. Katherine says on her blog, "Thanks to the incredible translation work of Eri Tsuji and the publishing efforts of Tokyo Shoseki, Out With It is now available in Japan!"  

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Pioneering Burlington surgeon dies

Dr. William LoveDr. William Love was a highly respected surgeon born in Hamilton, Ontario who passed away last October at the age of 93, leaving a legacy of compassion, professionalism and perseverance. He practiced medicine in Hamilton, the United States, and in Burlington, where he retired. As his son, William Jr., recounts, Dr. Love overcame a debilitating stutter to become a doctor and surgeon.

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Halifax Support Group Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The Halifax Support Group for People Who Stutter celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, November 6. CSA Board member Casey Kennedy, a person who stutters and a student of Speech-Language Pathology, encourages anyone in the area whose life is affected by stuttering to attend the group. On Thursday, author and podcaster Daniele Rossi gave a speech to the group and a documentary about stuttering was screened.

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