International Stuttering Awareness Day

International Stuttering Awareness Day

October 22 was designated International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in 1998. The day is intended to raise the public awareness of the millions of people who have the speech disorder of stuttering, including over 3 million Americans [ [http://www.buffalostate.edu/dailyarchive.xml?tyear=2006&tmonth=10&date=10/20/2006&deid=3183 Sunday, October 22, Is International Stuttering Awareness Day] ] .

ISAD is organised by four organizations:

* American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Special Interest Division #4, Fluency & Fluency Disorders
* European League of Stuttering Associations
* International Fluency Association
* International Stuttering Association

ISAD has includes an online conference, targeted at people with an interest in stuttering, as well as speech-language pathologists and their clients [ [http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWEnews/article.asp?item=1121 UWE academic takes part in online stuttering conference] ] .

Increasing awareness of stuttering can lead to early intervention, so that young children can receive treatment to achieve a level of speech that doesn't require conscious management [ [http://www.canada.com/topics/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=f7a5bfb8-1f9a-4e1c-bfc8-99e773e42a3f&k=49255 Help for stuttering kids] ] .

In 2007, Central Michigan University expanded the day into Stuttering Awareness Week, which extended for a week after 22 October [ [http://www.news.cmich.edu/news/index.asp?id=2170 CMU observes International Stuttering Awareness Day] ] .

Although many locales do not have support groups, there are resources for stutterers online and cooperative education groups that work with schools [ [http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=health&article_path=/health/health071022_1.htm Stutterers can learn fluency: San Juan BOCES works with local children] ] .

References

External links

* [http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad9/isadcon9.html International Stuttering Awareness Day 2006]
* [http://cahn.mnsu.edu/5isadannouncements/ ISAD 2002 Announcements]
* [http://www.asha.org/about/membership-certification/divs/div_4.htm ASHA – Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders]
* [http://www.stuttering.ws/ European League of Stuttering Associations]
* [http://www.theifa.org/ International Fluency Association]
* [http://www.stutterisa.org/ International Stuttering Association]


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