The Stuttering Foundation celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, marking seven decades as the world’s foremost nonprofit dedicated to helping those who stutter.
The Foundation was established by the late auto parts magnate Malcolm Fraser in 1947.
“Our goal is simple, to provide effective and accurate materials, up-to-date training and hope to those who stutter, their families, and the dedicated therapists who help them,” said Foundation President Jane Fraser.
Today, the Foundation:
- has more than 57 million hits on its website, www.StutteringHelp.org, which includes e-Books, streaming video, brochures for all ages, continuing education, speech-language pathologist referrals in 59 countries, and materials translated into 33 different languages;
- publishes and distributes more than half a million books and brochures on stuttering therapy each year, reaching readers in all 50 states and more than 137 nations;
- responds annually to more than 25,000 requests for help;
- has a streaming video library on its website and its YouTube channel and has placed video programs in more than 12,000 public libraries;
- has conducted thousands of media interviews with television and radio stations, newspapers, websites, magazines and bloggers over the years to raise awareness of stuttering and its treatment;
- uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to disseminate information to more than 220,000 followers;
- generates hundreds of print and television/radio public service ads and announcements;
- educates more than 2,775 students enrolled in 4529 continuing education courses and offers intensive training programs to speech therapists in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
The Stuttering Foundation’s list of famous people who stutter is often used by journalists. Many of the statesmen and celebrities have served as spokespeople to raise awareness about the disorder.
“We remain dedicated to the vision my father, Malcolm, had in 1947 – giving a voice to people who stutter and continuously working to update the means by which we reach out with our messages of hope and inspiration for the 70 million people worldwide who stutter,” added Jane Fraser.
Published May 8, 2017