Don't talk ABOUT us, talk WITH us!
The online conference itself is freely available, but is also available for 1.5 CEU's (15 hours) or 1 semester credit. To learn how to register for the ISAD online conference for MSU, Mankato CEU's or college credit Open this link
International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22) began in 1998, spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD recognizes the growing alliance between speech-language professionals and consumers, who are learning from each other and working together to share, give support, and educate one another and the general public on the impact that stuttering has on individuals' lives. Online conferences, organized by Judy Kuster, have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day since its inception.
For participants who need some basic information about stuttering, please read about Stuttering from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Additional information is available on the Stuttering Home Page.
This year's conference is designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them, students in training and their instructors.
Beginning October 1 there are papers covering a variety of topics related to fluency and fluency disorders, as well as "The Professor is In" where you can ask questions of several professionals.
The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by over 60 individuals representing 22 different countries on 5 different continents. Each paper also has a threaded discussion page for your comments and questions. By October 22, 2006, International Stuttering Awareness Day, the authors of the papers will respond as they wish. Feel free to post your questions/comments at any time and check back on International Stuttering Awareness Day for any response from the author. Contributors to the conference are solely responsible for the information they provide. The conference organizer and Minnesota State University cannot be responsible for nor can we attest to the accuracy or efficacy of the information others provide. The authors' papers will be permanently archived on the Stuttering Home Page for you to read at any time. (http://www.stutteringhomepage.com).
Remember that there are many people writing and attending this conference for whom English is not their first language. The Altavista Translation Service may help those who don't read English well to understand some of these papers. If you put the URL (address) of any paper into the above site, you can ask that the paper be translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, or Portuguese. It will not be a perfect translation, but you should be able to get the idea.
Please ask questions that are relevant to the papers and refrain from developing a personal topic. It is expected that participants will remain cordial. The coordinator of the conference retains the right to delete posts considered inappropriate.
One final request - you are of course free to read and respond to any/all of the papers. For students and others intending to read all of the papers, I have a request. Those whose last names begin A-L, please start reading the conference papers from the last paper to the first. For those whose last names begin M-Z, please start with the papers at the beginning.
Office Hours - The Professor Is In
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ExtraOrdinary People Who Stutter , interviews by Judy Kuster's undergraduate stuttering class members featuring Lars Afeldt (Sweden), Anita Scharis Blom (Sweden), Eric Christensen (Minnesota, USA), Moussa Dao (Burkina Faso, W. Africa), Mario D'Hont (Belgium), Gloria Klumb (Wisconsin, USA), Renee Krul (New Jersey, USA), Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, W. Africa), Jim McClure (Illinois, USA), Cynthia Scace (Vermont, USA), David Shifren (New York, USA), Andreas Starke (Germany), Ray Tong (China), Tony Troiano (New York, USA), Bernie Weiner (Michigan, USA), Bonnie Weiss (New York, USA), Gang Wu (China) Questions/comments
Brighter Days for People Who Stutter in Africa: Outcome of the First African Conference on Stuttering by Joseph Lukong (Cameroon, West Africa) Questions/comments
The following short papers reflect the spreading self-help movement for people who stutter in Africa. You may address Questions/comments to individuals or the group.
Technology: A friend or foe of someone who stutters? by Alan Badmington (Wales) Questions/comments
Influence of Stuttering on Career Decisions: A Personal Story by Prakhar Sachan (India) Questions/comments
Success! In Spite Of (or maybe because of?) Stuttering - Personal Stories by Tony Stewart (England) and Robert Van Keilegom (Belgium) Questions/comments
Virtual reality and stuttering: Opportunities and challenges by Shelley Brundage (Washington, DC USA) Questions/comments
The telehealth adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of early stuttering intervention by Christine Lewis (Australia)Questions/comments
The Impact of Stuttering at Work: Challenges and Discrimination by Marshall Rice and Robert Kroll (Canada) Questions/comments
The Existence of Stuttering in Sign Language and other Forms of Expressive Communication: Sufficient Cause for the Emergence of a New Stuttering Paradigm? by Greg Snyder (Mississippi, USA) Questions/comments
Stuttering in Sudan and new Hopes for the Persons Who Stutter (PWS): Survey Study in Khartoum State Primary Schools by Sami Awad Yasin (Khartoum, Sudan, Africa) Questions/comments
The Team: Who They Are, What They Do, and How To Join - Willie Botterill (England), Edwin Farr (England), and Mark Irwin (Australia) Questions/comments
Keep Spreading the Word - a 5-minute QuickTime movie of how information about stuttering is spreading around the world through ISAD, ISA, IFA, ELSA, ASHA, SFA, and other organizations and individuals. Produced by Lee Nelson & Michael Sugarman Questions/comments
Clinical Nuggets: Treatment Treasures and Activities - short papers each sharing a therapy idea
The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...The Perfect Job: Tips for Getting (and Keeping) a Job by Beth Bienvenu (Maryland, USA) Questions/comments
Reactive or Proactive: How Do You Respond to Stuttering? by Tim Mackesey, (Georgia, USA) Questions/comments
Liberating Ourselves as Clinicians: The Care and Feeding of Us and Our Clients by Catherine Montgomery (New York, USA) Questions/comments
Stuttering Well: The Clinician's Use of Positive Language by Peter Reitzes (New York, USA) Questions/comments
Two philosophies of treatment for stuttering in China by Ren Zhiqiang (China) and Yao Xinshan (China), translated by Huang Haiyin (China) Questions/comments to Dr. Ren and Questions/comments to Psychologist Yao
What Does Transactional Analysis Tell Us About Therapy for Stuttering? by William Rosenthal (California, USA) Questions/comments
What People Who Stutter Have Taught Me About Demons and Freedom by Cindy Spillers (Minnesota, USA) Questions/comments
Viren Gandhi from India has created a single zip file of all the conference papers that can be downloaded and read offline. It will open on either a PC or a MAC. When the files are unzipped (PC) or unstuffed (MAC), it creates the same structure as it is on Internet. When you click on it, it opens the ISAD9 Main Conference Page and then you can read the papers on ISAD9 offline as it is on Internet, but without access to all the questions/comments and answers, the sound files, or the powerpoints that are part of some of the papers. For PC users who prefer, an exe file is also avaiable. Download it to your desktop and click on the "index" file. This will not work on a MAC computer. If you have questions, please address them to Viren Gandhi (firstname.lastname@example.org).