MEMPHIS, Tenn. (March 31, 2011) — Jane Fraser, president, The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to the new PG-13 version of The King's Speech, which will be released in theaters tomorrow, April 1:
"We are hearing daily from teens who are excited by the opportunity to see this film on their own! Anything that broadens the audience will increase awareness of stuttering for all ages," Fraser said.
"At my school, the guys who used to tease me now think it's 'cool to stutter,'" said Dan from Illinois. Peter from Brooklyn added, “I think that it is awesome that there will be a greater diversity of kids watching the movie.”
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 Association for Research into Stammering in Childhood, Michael Palin Centre, in London. Ms. Fraser is available for interviews by contacting Greg Wilson, 571-239-7474 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Foundation
Malcolm Fraser felt the same dread of speaking in public that King George VI experienced in the 1940s. Inspired by the plight of "Bertie," Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish and endow the 64-year-old nonprofit Foundation in 1947. The Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website,www.stutteringhelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Please visit us at www.stutteringhelp.org.