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National Stuttering Awareness Week

Posted on: May 9, 2010

This week is National Stuttering Awareness Week in the United States, specifically from May 10 – May 16, 2010. (It was proclaimed as such in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan).  May also happens to be Better Speech and Hearing Month. So this is our week to talk about stuttering, raise awareness and educate others who may not understand the stuttering experience.

For the last three years, I have tried to do something “public” to help spread the word about stuttering. In 2007, I was a guest on my local area’s NPR station during this week to talk about stuttering.

In 2008, I got the chance to appear on a public television station’s health channel to promote stuttering. Later that year, I got to do a similar community television program for our local library. They aired it continually during October, to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day.

In 2009, I wrote an article about stuttering and had it published in the Albany NY daily newspaper, The Times Union. I also had a blurb about stuttering run in the weekly “Check Up On Health” column right before stuttering awareness week.

This year, the features editor for the health column at the Times Union, Jack Leadley, ran my small piece again yesterday to remind people about what stuttering is, some tips for listeners, and links for support and resources.

And I will be a guest again on Albany’s  NPR station’s program “The Round Table” with host Joe Donahue on Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 10:35am. Here’s the station and channel information. I am looking forward to coming back on NPR radio, and gratified that they find it important enough to dedicate some air time to stuttering awareness.

I will point to the link when WAMC posts it, probably by the next day.

What will you do to spread the word and raise awareness about stuttering? One of the best things we can do is talk about our stuttering openly and often.

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4 Responses to "National Stuttering Awareness Week"

Just heard you on WAMC. Great job!

I also heard you on WAMC today. Thanks so much for putting your self and your voice out there. I work with people with disabilities in outdoor recreation and am getting ready to do an awareness training. Thanks to this fortuitous timing, I will include some awareness about stuttering!

Great job Pam.

I guess I will have to settle with just trying to talk about my stuttering openly and honestly for Stuttering awareness week.

Hi Pam

Just listened to your interview on NPR.
Great job. You have become such a great advocate for the stuttering community.
Looking forward to seeing you in Cleveland

Matt Zenkowich

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