National Stuttering Association

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The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a United States support group organization for people who stutter. Its headquarters are in New York City.[1]

The NSA was founded by Bob Goldman and Michael Sugarman as the National Stuttering Project in California in 1977.[2] Currently the NSA functions through a network of more than 100 local adult, teen, and children's chapters nationwide.[3]

The NSA sponsors regional workshops, youth and family events, education seminars for speech-language pathologists, and an Annual Conference, which hosts an average of 900 attendees. The NSA also publishes educational resources, such as pamphlets and booklets about stuttering, as well as a newsletter: Letting Go .[1] The NSA also sponsors a biweekly Google+ Hangout for teens who stutter.

In November 2002, in the year of the NSA's 25th anniversary, the Association received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.[3]

The NSA played a key role in establishing the National Stuttering Awareness Week in 1988.

Annual Conference[edit]

The NSA hosts a conference in the summer every year in the first week of July in cities throughout the United States. These cities included Scottsdale, AZ in 2009, Cleveland, OH in 2010, Fort Worth, TX in 2011, and St. Petersburg, FL in 2012, again in Scottsdale in 2013, and Washington, DC in 2014.[4] In the future conferences will be in Chicago in 2015 and California in 2016. The 2016 conference will be a joint-conference with the International Stuttering Association. The conference begins with a two day research symposium with presentations and workshops by experts in the field, which is then followed by a four-day general conference which features workshops led by the experts and by volunteers, as well as a keynote. The keynote was presented in 2011 by David Seidler, screenwriter of The King's Speech and in 2013 by Trumaine McBride, a cornerback in the National Football League.

National Stuttering Association Hall of Fame[edit]

The NSA Hall of Fame


Other inductees include: Fred Murray, Mel Hoffman, Rich Wells, Herb Goldberg, Dorvan Breitenfeldt, John C. Harrison, Annie Glenn, and Jim McClure

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