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Helping stutterers towards fluent speech
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Australian Speak Easy Association shared American Institute for Stuttering's post.Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 3:03am
Shout out to the Canadian Stuttering Association for lighting up their CN Tower and City Hall for International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD)! We couldn't love this more.

ISAD is on 22nd October. We should do something like this in Australia too. What are your thoughts?
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationMonday, October 8th, 2018 at 5:41am
Acceptance, Courage, Pride, Comfort, Community, Kindness, and Hope !!!
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationSunday, October 7th, 2018 at 8:07am
A kid who stutters and his dream: "I want to become a police officer"

By Dieudonne Nsabimana. Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre and a person who stutters

The purpose of this article is to give insight into the work we were doing to create positive change in our community. We have been translating resources for stuttering into the local language and freely distribute to families from disadvantaged backgrounds and schools.

11year-old Bruce is a kid who stutters who lives in a rural area of northern Rwanda, where stuttering is defined by folk myths.

Bruce had dropped out of elementary school because of the myths about stuttering. When he heard that I and my teammate had come to his school, he put aside the fear that stigma had caused him and came to meet us. Bruce told us “My teacher teases me a lot in class every time when I cannot answer oral questions and I feel embarrassed and ashamed to come to school". Really, it's so sad to hear this and it's such a shame.

I gave Bruce a wonderful children's book on stuttering called "Sometimes I Just Stutter” and I asked him, “What do you want to be when you grow up?" Bruce replied “I want to become a policeman ". Ohoooo!!! It's good to have a dream. But dreaming alone isn't enough. I had to explain gently that education is very important in life and attending school is very necessary for him to make his dreams come true. Then Bruce understood the importance of education and expressed his desire to continue his studies.

Meanwhile, all Bruce's school teachers received the 8 Tips for Teachers brochure, thus helping them to develop their knowledge about stuttering so that they can support students who stutter in the classroom. I also placed the brochures on all the teachers’ tables. We then equipped Bruce's school library with 60 booklets on stuttering for the teachers, the kids who stutter and their classmates.

Currently at Bruce's school, the teachers, the kids who stutter and their classmates live in harmony and help each other.

At the present time, Bruce is in the fifth year of primary school and he is succeeding well in class. He will build the confidence he needs to follow his dreams, through these translations of the educational materials on stuttering.

We believe that through education, Bruce can become an important figure in his community, and will never forget the role we have had in his life.

Dieudonne, Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre can be reached at:
Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy AssociationSaturday, October 6th, 2018 at 3:23pm
Stuttering is their problem !
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationFriday, October 5th, 2018 at 9:21am
Stuttering is Ok! Because what I say is worth repeating.