National Stuttering Association
The National Stuttering Association (NSA) provides support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, instilling the sense of self-worth so often missing in the lives of those who battle this condition. With nearly 200 self-help/support groups for children and adults throughout the United States, the NSA provides information about stuttering, increases public awareness of stuttering, serves as a support and advocacy group, and is a referral organization for speech therapy resources throughout the United States.
The Stuttering Foundation is an authoritative source on stuttering. It supports basic and clinical research, provides training to professionals and raises public awareness about issues related to stuttering.
SAY: Stuttering Association for the Young
SAY empowers young people who stutter and inspires the world to treat them with compassion and respect, so they can achieve their dreams.
FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter
FRIENDS provides support, education and empowerment to young people who stutter, their families and clinicians.
The Stuttering Homepage is dedicated to providing information about stuttering and other fluency disorders for the public and for professionals who work with people who stutter. The website includes information about research, therapy, support organizations, resources for professors who teach fluency disorders courses, materials for kids who stutter, and more.
Stutterer won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2016. Greenwood is a typographer struggling with everyday life and with verbally expressing his feelings because of his stutter. It’s only 13-minutes long but the film touches upon so many issues people who stutter must confront on a daily basis. It’s emotional and hopeful. It’s a must-watch for people who stutter and those interested in learning more about the personal side to living life as a stutterer.
Luke Collins is a filmmaker from the UK. He recently completed a very personal short film, Cappuccino. Luke said, while he is truly qualified to tell this story on film, it was way more challenging to do than he could’ve imagined. Luke stutters. This short film reveals an aspect of his inner pain. For we who stutter, Luke’s story is our story.
Let Me Finish
Let Me Finish shares the personal experiences of Evan, Behnaz, and Joy — three life-long stutterers living in Austin, Texas. Through their compelling interviews, their group meetings at the National Stuttering Association Austin chapter, and expert testimony from leading UT Speech Language Pathologist Dr. Courtney Byrd, this documentary explores the physical and psychological effects of stuttering, dispels commonly held myths perpetuated by the media, and informs friends, family and others how they can help make communication a little easier for stutterers in their own lives.
Podcast & Online Hangouts
StutterTalk is the first and longest running podcast on stuttering. With over 500 recorded podcasts, StutterTalk is dedicated to supporting people who stutter, their families, professionals, students, and the general public by talking openly about stuttering and by providing information about stuttering.
Stutter Social is an organization that connects people who stutter through Google+ Hangouts. The online video hangout is led by people who stutter and conversation often revolves around stuttering-related issues. Participating in a Hangout is a fun, free, and safe way to connect with other people who stutter.
Advice to Those Who Stutter
The Stuttering Foundation has published a book of essays from 28 speech therapists who stutter. DOWNLOAD (.pdf)
Advice for Parents of Young Children Who Stutter
If you have a child who may be exhibiting signs of stuttering, there is so much that you, your child, and others in your child’s life can do. READ MORE
Advice for Friends of People Who Stutter
If you are a friend of a person who stutters, here are some tips that will help in your relationship with your friend who stutters. READ MORE
A Letter to My Younger Stuttering Self
“You did nothing wrong, so don’t blame yourself for stuttering. Don’t feel guilty and as if you’re holding up your listener’s time when you stutter during conversations. Stop thinking of the worst because whether you believe it or not, a lot of people will not care that you stutter, for they’ll just love your energy as a beautiful person inside and out.” READ MORE
When You Sing the Blues, You Lose the Blues
“Over the course of my life, I’ve come to see myself as a proud stutterer. I’m proud that I’ve lived a highly successful life despite—or perhaps because of—this challenge. I’m proud that my stutter didn’t stop me from doing the things I wanted to do and saying the things I wanted to say. I’m proud that my stutter forced me to find extra fortitude.” READ MORE
Learning to Love to Stutter
“I think I only said my name at my first NSA chapter meeting, right at the beginning,” Michael Turner, a filmmaker based in Portland who attended his first NSA conference last year, told me. “And I heard everyone else say their names too, and everyone stuttered on them, and I left floating in a cloud.” READ MORE