Hotel Lobbies

Hotel room:$129/night Flight: $210 Registration:$320 Clamor of voices: Priceless That old VISA advertisement often comes to mind as I watch the beginning of a FRIENDS conference. Looking back on the weekend, I treasure the picture of young adults and teens hanging out...

The Tabrizi Family

I gained so much from the speakers and parents who are helping their kids gain self-esteem and confidence. Since the FRIENDS convention my son has had a lifeā€“changing attitude towards his stuttering and his ability to communicate in public. Friends truly understand...

Wake Me Up Inside

by David Friedman Last year, back in Secaucus, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At age 33, it was my first experience with the stuttering community. I felt so out of place even though I stuttered all my life. The Friends conference in 2003 put me in a...

Three Days of Happiness

It all starts on Thursday night All kids are thinking: “Will they like me?, Will I stutter?, Will I make friends?” Parents meet and talk to other parents; some stutter some don’t Kids start to walk around and talk to other kids They still don’t...

Stuttering Without Shame

by Mary Ricketson Reading Reaching Out is always a perk-up for me. I pick up the mail. It’s an ordinary after work time, and there is my newsletter. Even if I’m already in a good mood, something gets better. It’s the connection and the positive...

Give These Kids a Box Seat

by John Ahlbach Every Ā stuttering convention I’ve ever attended brings with it, its own magic: unusual things happen, coincidences abound, connections are made, and signs are everywhere that a sea of change is taking place. It is always a human chemistry lesson...