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Fraser honored in medieval setting


Mark Irwin

In May, the International Stuttering Association, the umbrella organization representing 45 self-help groups throughout the world, held its 8th World Congress for people who stutter.

The event was held in Cavtat, a picturesque coastal town on the southern tip of the Republic of Croatia. Delegates from 43 countries comprised the more than 300 people who stutter, speech pathologists and family and friends who attended this event. A highlight was the Congress gala dinner which was held in the nearby medieval town of Dubrovnik. It was the scene of formal speeches and awards including the presentation of the ISA's Outstanding Contribution Award to the SFA's Jane Fraser.

In presenting the award to Fraser, Melvin Hoffman of ISA said, "No one has done more to further the cause of helping those who stutter."

"It is a thrill to receive this award that recognizes our work on behalf of those who struggle daily with stuttering," Fraser said.

The first honorary lifetime members of the ISA are Fraser and Judith Kuster, of Minnesota State University, Mankato, and creator of the Stuttering Home Page,

Following this event, there can be no doubt that the world has advanced in its understanding of stuttering as well as strengthening the bonds of international cooperation.

The next triennial World Congress will be held in Beijing, China, in 2010.