Stuttering Back in the Spotlight at the Oscars

For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg Wilson
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 29, 2016) — The Stuttering Foundation congratulates the film Stutterer on its win for Short Film (Live Action) at the 88th annual Academy Awards.

“Once again, it was a triumphant evening for the stuttering community at the Oscars,” said Jane Fraser, Stuttering Foundation president. “When The King’s Speech won several Academy Awards in 2011, it thrust stuttering into the national spotlight and allowed us to engage audiences around the world. With Stutterer’s win this year, we are once again afforded the immense opportunity to educate and inform people about stuttering.

“We salute tonight’s Oscar winners, including writer and director Benjamin Cleary, producers Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, actor Matthew Needham, and the entire cast and crew for crafting an honest portrayal of a person who stutters. No one watching this film can help but be profoundly moved by the struggles of this young man to communicate on every level.”



Foundation Spokesperson Jane Fraser
Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 8th edition. She is also vice president of the Action for Stammering Children, Michael Palin Centre, London.

About the Stuttering Foundation
Malcolm Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, established and endowed the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website,, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.

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