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FRIENDS is the only national organization dedicated solely to empowering young people who stutter and their families

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FRIENDS 20th Annual Convention

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Dear FRIENDS, This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of FRIENDS. I paused to reflect how far we have come in these 20 years. Since 1997, FRIENDS has touched the lives of thousands of people. We remain steadfast in our mission to provide support, education and empowerment to young people who stutter, their families, and clinicians. Our 20th Annual Convention is being held July 20 – 22, 2017, at the Embassy Suites  Hotel, Lake Buena Vista South in Orlando, Florida. We welcome children, teens, adults, families, Speech-Language Pathologists and graduate students for  three days of workshops,  guest speakers and fun. The convention offers us opportunities to share valuable experiences  and learn from one another. Each year we hear from so many attendees who leave with increased confidence, knowledge and lifelong friendships. We make every effort to keep convention expenses low: hotel rates, meals and registration fees. In honor of our 20th convention, we hope to offer scholarships to 20 families.  Therefore, our 2017 goal is to raise $20,000.  All donations are appreciated and will help toward this goal. Important information about donating to FRIENDS:

  • We are a volunteer organization with no paid staff, no paid fundraising committees.
  • FRIENDS spends monies only on programs for young people and their families.
  • For our 20th Year, we are also sponsoring a $20 for 20 on our GoFundMe page.
  • FRIENDS is a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c) 3; all donations are only used to sponsor programs.

FRIENDS/Lee Caggiano 23429 County Road 1 Berthoud, CO 80513 The knowledge and friendships gained at our convention positively change lives. Your donation will help us provide this opportunity for 20 new families. We look forward to seeing you at the FRIENDS 20th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida! With sincere appreciation, Lee Caggiano Director


Annual Convention and Regional One Day Conferences. Learn more about the Upcoming One-Day Conferences here

Stepping Up

A teen mentoring program gives teens who stutter the opportunity to support children who stutter

Convention Scholarship Program

A PhD convention scholarship program that helps PhD students gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of children who stutter and their families

Past Issues of Reaching Out

Reaching Out was a bi-monthly Newsletter –  a quarterly digest of reflections and information on the stuttering experience for young people.

Our mission is to provide support, education and empowerment to children and teens who stutter, their families and clinicians.

Our annual conventions and regional one day conferences provide the opportunities for life changing experiences that can change long lasting feelings about stuttering and offer new hope for a life with stuttering. FRIENDS seeks to make life easier for young people who stutter and their families. The FRIENDS office and toll free number is temporarily down as we are shifting home base! In the meantime, email friends@friendswhostutter.org for any questions/queries.