International Stuttering Awareness Day October 22nd
NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Approximately 1% of the world populations stutters, which equates to more than 3 million people in the United States alone. Stuttering is a communication disorder involving disruptions, or dysfluencies, in a person's speech, but there are nearly as many ways to stutter as there are people who stutter. In addition to producing dysfluencies, people who stutter often experience physical tension and struggle in their speech-production muscles, as well as embarrassment, anxiety, and fear about speaking. There are many different degrees of stuttering, from mild to severe, and at this time, there is no cure.
October 22nd was designated as International Stuttering Awareness Day in 1998, with the intention of raising public awareness of this unique and varied communication disorder. ISAD encompasses a variety of events including an international online conference, public awareness and education events, media campaigns, and individual fundraising efforts.
The National Stuttering Association is the largest non-profit, self-help stuttering organization in the world, started in 1977, dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals through support, education, advocacy, and research. Our organization is largely volunteer run and member-donation funded.
The NSA operates an extensive network of online resources in addition to the website, WeStutter.org, including a main Facebook page as well as a variety of sub-groups, an active Twitter account, and a network of more than 100 in-person Local NSA Chapters around the U.S., all of which serve to provide information and to connect those who stutter and other interested persons. In addition, the NSA offers free, informative printable PDF pamphlets for a wide variety of persons who interact with persons who stutter, including employers, parents, medical professionals, and general listeners.
Whether you are a person who stutters (PWS), the family member or friend of a PWS, or just someone who has a special interest in stuttering, the NSA is available to connect you to information, others who stutter, and SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists) who specialize in stuttering.
Media Contact: Tammy Flores, National Stuttering Association, 800-937-8888, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE National Stuttering Association