You never know what will come your way when you get up in the morning. One day in November 2014, I was contacted by a representative of a Portland, Oregon theatre company, Portland Center Stage, about consulting with an actor who was going to play a character who stutters.
Kendra Joyce’s mother, Kara Joyce, has stuttered her entire life. Of course that only makes her more special in Kendra’s eyes. “My mom has always been a beautiful singer and has written some beautiful songs in her lifetime,” Kendra tells us.
Cotton Mather, a prominent figure in U.S. history, rose above stuttering to achieve success. The Puritan leader of colonial America is considered one of the most prolific writers in American history.
Meet Margaret Griffo and her dog Waverly — a beautiful two-and-a-half year old Keeshond. The duo make up a registered Pet Partners® team. They are among only a handful who currently provide fluency therapy to patients.
The Stuttering Foundation is assisting in an important survey on the impact of stuttering in the workplace. Through your answers, we will be better able to provide employment advice to people who stutter and offer improved education to employers.
My name is Sjef van Lierop. I am 44 years old and I am a garbage truck driver. My hobby is playing the bass drum, and I am also the drum major for several marching bands in our area.
My name is Thomas Gambino. I am 6 foot 7, 244 pounds with an unfortunate receding hairline. Currently, I am a first year doctoral student at Rutgers University studying school psychology. Most importantly I am someone who stutters.
In a reception at The Lotos Club, Foundation president Jane Fraser noted, “Finding meaningful employment can be one of the hardest endeavors those who stutter face during their lifetime. For some, starting or running a successful business is both a personal triumph and a necessity."
Camp TALKS was held on the Vanderbilt University campus for 24 campers ranging in age from 8 to 16, 14 graduate students, and 8 speech-language pathologists (SLPs), tackled daily challenges centered around this year’s theme of “Communication, whether you stutter or not!”
"Stuttering" is a poem by Dan Pappas that was featured in the Stuttering Foundation's Fall 2015 Newsletter.