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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association held its November convention in Orlando, and the Stuttering Foundation was there to spread the word about stuttering to the nearly 14,000 attendees.

Lisa A. Scott, Ph.D., Vice President for Education for the Stuttering Foundation, was elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which has 173,000 members. Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by ASHA of an individual’s accomplishments and is a public declaration of outstanding professional achievements. 

Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser received an Honorary Fellowship in September from the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, headquartered in the United Kingdom. Fraser was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. The awards ceremony was held at Leeds Metropolitan University in England.
 
Kirk and John Tarver and their Memphis-based Shelby Railroad Services Inc. raised more than $10,000 for the Stuttering Foundation.  Shelby Railroad held their annual fund-raising golf outing and dinner on Sept. 18 at Wedgewood Golf Club, in Olive Branch, Miss.
 

Carol Ann Cervenka Ecke, 64, of Great Falls, MT, passed away in June from complications after undergoing what was planned to be a routine heart valve replacement in Mesa, Ariz.

To celebrate National Stuttering Awareness Week, the Stuttering Foundation honored four authors whose recent books are widely acclaimed by both critics and readers alike. 

The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) supported the Stuttering Foundation this year with their MSHA Cares campaign, which raised $864.88.

One hundred ninety-two delegates from 32 countries met in Oxford, UK, marking 30 years since the first Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC) in 1984.  Several age-defying attendees of this year’s conference also were present at the inaugural conference.

Within the stuttering community, the ability of persons who stutter to sing fluently is quite well documented. Famous singers Ed Sheeran, Mel Tillis, Carly Simon, Bill Withers, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Scatman John, Jason Gray, Kendrick Lamar and Ann Wilson all struggled with fluency despite having award-winning singing voices. 

My stuttering is often in total remission for long periods of time. Then  without warning, the tendency to stutter returns, to stay for a while. During times of speech blocks, to keep myself “fluid,” to ease speech, I relied on poems and other lyrics to keep me speaking—not with contemporary free-verse poetry but with “old fashioned” verse of rhyme and rhythm.

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