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JJJJJerome’s Keynote

By Jeff Shames JJJJJerome Ellis presented a unique and moving keynote address at the 26th Annual Friends Convention in Chicago. As someone whose name begins with a J, I admire JJJJJerome for the unique spelling of his name. But I will refer to him here as Jerome. In...

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Friends 26th Annual Convention 2023

FRIENDS is hosting our 26th Annual Convention in Chicago this year on July 13 - July 15, 2023. This three-day event is bound to be full of learning, important discussions, and fun. What can you expect from this conference? Keep reading to find out!  Making...

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Say “hello” to Our New Blog

Greetings, everyone! My name is Allyson Alford, and I am a person who stutters. I am ecstatic to be the person writing the blogs you will see soon! My Story I started speech therapy at the tender age of six. For years, I went to speech therapy to get help for my...

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Abena Asare On How a Stutter-Neutral Perspective Disrupts Ableism and Furthers Equality

“I’m trying to undo the whole question of gain or loss. Stuttering just is. If it’s a gain to me, if it’s a loss to you…What do we do with that? How do we learn to accept people and accept ourselves apart from that hierarchy of progress and gains, which are inevitably linked to ideologies about what we can produce for other people and for the national economy?” — Dr. Asare

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Dear Rachel

by Michael Retzinger Mike, an SLP in Wisconsin, writes to Rachel Szelfi in response to her article in the May issue of Reaching Out about a speech she gave on Martin Luther King Jr. Day about her dream to be able to tell the world about the respect owed to people who...

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