The 7th World Congress of the International Fluency Association was held in the heart of the Loire Valley in Tours, France, July 2-5, 2012.
It brought together more than 200 people, many of them experts in the field of stuttering.
Participants came from 32 countries around the world, from China to Russia, from Croatia to Sweden, from India to Canada and the United States.
Some 16 percent of participants had attended Stuttering Foundation workshops for specialists, and you will see many of them pictured below!
The Stuttering Foundation was represented by Jane Fraser and Celia Gruss who manned a display of Foundation materials.
“Being bilingual at a conference held in Tours gave us a distinct advantage,” commented Fraser. “Celia and I were able to clearly describe our books and DVDs to various attendees from the francophone countries of France, Switzerland and Belgium.”
“It was a great conference in a beautiful setting. The presentations were stimulating and varied and presented by researchers, clinicians and people who stammer, reflecting the ethos of the IFA. There was a wonderful atmosphere that fostered and encouraged new and old collaborations across the world,” added Willie Botterill.
IFA President Willie Botterill was honored with the Award for Clinical Excellence. Also honored was Foundation Board member Alan Rabinowitz, who received the Consumer Award, Colin Firth and David Seidler received the Contributor Award for Stuttering Awareness, Anne Smith received the Researcher Award, and Carolyn Cheasman received the Clinician of Distinction Award.