My name is Thomas Gambino. I am 6 foot 7, 244 pounds with an unfortunate receding hairline. Currently, I am a first year doctoral student at Rutgers University studying school psychology. Most importantly I am someone who stutters.
In a reception at The Lotos Club, Foundation president Jane Fraser noted, “Finding meaningful employment can be one of the hardest endeavors those who stutter face during their lifetime. For some, starting or running a successful business is both a personal triumph and a necessity."
Camp TALKS was held on the Vanderbilt University campus for 24 campers ranging in age from 8 to 16, 14 graduate students, and 8 speech-language pathologists (SLPs), tackled daily challenges centered around this year’s theme of “Communication, whether you stutter or not!”
For a long time I felt as though my stutter was robbing me of the person I wanted to be; I was the shy girl who didn’t really say much, which in today's world is somehow synonymous with not knowing much, and I was always viewed as less capable than others.
Malcolm Fraser was a visionary. Drawing upon his experiences as both an entrepreneur and a person who stuttered, he knew that the future of therapy lay squarely in the hands of well trained therapists and that specialty training would be a must.