Webweaver and credentials
Judith Maginnis Kuster, CCC/SLP, the webweaver of the Stuttering Homepage is a professor emeritus from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services. She holds an MS in speech-language pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MS in counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has taught courses in stuttering, counseling and communication disorders, researching on the internet, speech sound disorders, organization and management, introduction to communication disorders, orientation to clinical practicum, and phonetics. She is an ASHA fellow. Her work on the Internet has been recognized with the following awards: Minnesota Clinical Service Award (1995), American Speech-Language and Hearing Foundation's DiCarlo Award (1996), International Fluency Association's Distinguished Contributor Award (2003), International Stuttering Association's Distinguished Service Award (2007), American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's Outstanding Contribution Award (2008), Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center Global Citizen Award, MSU, Mankato (2008), and National Stuttering Association's Hall of Fame Award (2009). She has been awarded two Fulbright Specialist Award to Bulgaria (2007) and China (2010). She writes and presents extensively on internet resources. She also has hosted the International Stuttering Awareness Day online conferences since 1998.
Advisory Board: Shelley B. Brundage Ph.D. CCC/SLP; Kristin A. Chmela, M.A. CCC/SLP; Dennis Drayna, Ph.D; Barry Guitar, Ph.D., CCC/SLP; E. Charles Healey, Ph.D; Nathan E. Lavid, M.D.; Kenneth Logan, Ph.D., CCC/SLP; Walter Manning, Ph.D. CCC/SLP; Larry Molt, Ph.D. CCC/SLP CCC/AUD; Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., CCC/SLP; Sheree Reese, Ph.D., CCC/SLP; Gary Rentschler, Ph.D. CCC/SLP; Ken St. Louis, Ph.D., CCC/SLP; David A. Shapiro, Ph.D., CCC/SLP; and J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC/SLP
Development of the page was done in consultation with John C. Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org of the National Stuttering Association.
I am grateful to Chris Upton at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, who was instrumental in the initial development of this web page and to all of the individuals and organizations who have contributed materials and continue to help this site grow. My thanks also goes to Mark Thomas at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for his technical assistance and support in developing an online presence, to Jeff Henline for his continuing technical assistance and support, and to Jeff Hundstad for his mentorship and providing statistics for the homepage. Complete statistics by month are also available for those interested.
Purpose of the site
The Stuttering Homepage is dedicated to providing information about stuttering for both consumers and professionals who work with people who stutter.
The information provided on The Stuttering Homepage is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a person who stutters or other site visitors and the professional and support community that serve people who stutter and their families.
Materials on this site are provided with consent of the authors which include professionals as well as consumers (people who stutter and their family members). Contributors to the archive will be acknowledged and are solely responsible for the information they provide. We cannot be responsible for nor can we attest to the accuracy or efficacy of the information others provide. Where requested or appropriate, information is provided with proper attribution or is provided confidentially. This site undertakes to honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that applies in the United States and in Minnesota where the site is currently housed. Individual email addresses are included with information they have provided only with their express permission or at their request.
The site does not have commercial or grant funding. The only financial support has been a donation from one generous individual who provided the fees for registering the domain name www.stutteringhomepage.com and a digital camera for helping to build and enhance the site. Web space is provided by Minnesota State University, Mankato. The only income generated has come from the "Bookstore" in coordination with Amazon.com and amounts to less than $100 annually. That money is used to purchase materials from The Stuttering Foundation of America. These materials are sent to individuals overseas that do not have access to speech therapy services for stuttering. This policy is clearly explained at Bookstore: please read
The online conferences linked to the Stuttering Homepage are offered for university credit or continuing education units. There have been annual conferences since 1998. One of these conferences (2001) was supported by a small faculty grant from the MnSCU Center for Teaching and Learning.
Links to the SHP, or to sections of the SHP are welcome, but should cite where the links are coming from.
Material and information on the SHP is designed for professionals, teachers, university students, parents, adults and children who stutter, as well as the general public to learn about, and to teach others about stuttering. Unless there is a copyright notice from another source that states that the SHP has received special permission from the copyright holder, individuals are free to use and quote from the materials on the SHP. It is assumed that people will give credit to where the material comes from by citing the original author and the Stuttering Home Page. Linking to the SHP or to materials contained on the SHP is encouraged. Taking materials from the SHP and placing them on another site without consent is considered plagiarism. If individuals wish to use parts of the Stuttering Home Page for materials that will be used for commercial purposes (books, CDs, etc.), please contact Judy Kuster for permission.