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Many libraries across the country sent us pictures of their displays for National Stuttering Awareness Week. Thank you for helping us spread the word about stuttering.

While the Internet era has no shortage of famous people who stutter, one prominent figure in U.S. history is Joshua Chamberlain, a Union Army general and hero of the Civil War.

Todd Whatley is an attorney in Northwest Arkansas who specializes in helping the elderly. Todd began stuttering at a very young age and has worked to manage his speech although he says he still struggles all the time.

You’ve graduated from college! Woo hoo! Your friends and family are so excited! Everyone is telling you, “This is it!”, “Today begins the rest of your life!”, “You’re gonna miss homework once you get a taste of the real world!”, and “No more summer vacations for you!”

When AutoWeek in 2006 ran an article featuring Stuttering Foundation friend and ambassador-at-large Jigger Sirois, the response was outstanding. During the past 9 years since the article ran, Jigger continues to educate the public on stuttering.

In the pre-Internet era of the early 1990s, actor Sam Neill seemed to be one of the few celebrities who was open about his stuttering in both print and broadcast media. At the time, he spoke openly of his stuttering on entertainment shows in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Dr. Frederick Murray, 89, whose stuttering began suddenly and violently at an early age, is a retired speech pathologist who taught at the University of New Hampshire and directed the stuttering therapy program there for many years. 

The Washington Post ran an article by Dr. Leana Wen about an experience she had in the emergency room treating a patient who stutters. She touched on her own experience with stuttering. After that article ran, we interviewed Dr. Wen.

It may seem paradoxical, but word retrieval is faster when a child knows more words and has a better “network” that creates connections among them.

The stuttering community would like to honor Gord Lane as an all-star whose openness about his stuttering during his days with the Islanders put a human face on the speech problem and gave hope to others who were struggling with stuttering.

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