MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stuttering continues
to puzzle scientists as they work to find a cause and a cure for this
distressing speech problem. A new movie, "Rocket Science," shines a
spotlight on the disability that affects three million Americans.
The movie, about a high school boy who stutters who is encouraged to
join the debate team by a female classmate, was written, directed and
produced by Jeffrey Blitz, who has struggled with stuttering since
Says Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation, "It is
particularly exciting to know that Jeffrey Blitz stutters himself and thus
has a real feel for what the person who stutters encounters every day!"
Blitz has been added to the Foundation's list of famous people who
stutter at www.stutteringhelp.org, where he joins a list of celebrated
actors such as James Earl Jones and Bruce Willis.
In an interview with the New York Sun's James Snyder, Blitz related
that the challenges he faced because of his stuttering molded his interests
as a filmmaker. He added, "Now I'm a real word lover. I love the power of
Turning what might have been considered a disability into a strength,
Blitz said, "As a stuttering kid, you learn tons of words because you
substitute words as you speak, trading out words you can say with words you
get stuck on."
In this way, he added, "You develop a real admiration for the power of
words that fluent kids might not come to."
Stuttering is a speech disorder that affects 1% of the worldwide adult
population, while some 5% of the child population struggles with stuttering
at some point in their development. The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation at
www.stutteringhelp.org, provides numerous resources for adults, children,
parents and teachers.
SOURCE Stuttering Foundation