When AutoWeek in 2006 ran an article featuring Stuttering Foundation friend and ambassador-at-large Jigger Sirois, the response was outstanding. During the past 9 years since the article ran, Jigger continues to educate the public on stuttering.
In the pre-Internet era of the early 1990s, actor Sam Neill seemed to be one of the few celebrities who was open about his stuttering in both print and broadcast media. At the time, he spoke openly of his stuttering on entertainment shows in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
UPDATE: As we approach the end of Stuttering Awareness Week, news broke that Speech Pathology Australia’s (SPA) government proposal to reimburse only one type of stuttering treatment has been declined by the Australian Government.
Dr. Frederick Murray, 89, whose stuttering began suddenly and violently at an early age, is a retired speech pathologist who taught at the University of New Hampshire and directed the stuttering therapy program there for many years.
The Washington Post ran an article by Dr. Leana Wen about an experience she had in the emergency room treating a patient who stutters. She touched on her own experience with stuttering. After that article ran, we interviewed Dr. Wen.
The stuttering community would like to honor Gord Lane as an all-star whose openness about his stuttering during his days with the Islanders put a human face on the speech problem and gave hope to others who were struggling with stuttering.
As a young boy, I was confident in myself and enjoyed being the center of attention. I liked to have fun and laugh, and stuttering did not begin to affect me until my middle school days and worsened in my teenage years.
Speech Pathology Australia’s proposal to the Australian government to provide reimbursement could be helpful in providing affordable treatment for pre-schoolers who stutter. However, I believe that the negatives outweigh the positives.
Australia’s professional association for speech pathology has recently submitted a proposal to the Australian government seeking to provide Medicare reimbursement for only a single type of stuttering treatment, creating a "one-size-fits-all" policy for treating pre-school children who stutter.