Mission Statement

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research.

Our Tax ID number is 94-2420533.

Vision

The vision of the National Stuttering Association is to build on our position as the preeminent organization for supporting people who stutter. We will take a leadership role in shaping the way stuttering is viewed and treated, and we will be a leading provider of education and information about stuttering. We will expand our support to people who stutter through local chapters, advocacy, educational training, family programs, and publications. We will be a catalyst for research into effective treatment for stuttering while encouraging the search for its cause and cure.

A complete copy of the NSA bylaws available upon request.

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Overview

The NSA provides information and support to the stuttering community, instilling the sense of self-worth so often missing in the lives of those who deal with stuttering. With nearly 200 local support groups for children, adolescents and adults throughout the United States, the NSA:

  • Provides information about stuttering
  • Supports research into the causes and treatments of stuttering
  • Increases public awareness of stuttering
  • Supports speech and allied professionals who work with those who stutter
  • Advocates for those who stutter and the needs of the stuttering community
  • Is a referral organization for speech therapy resources throughout the United States.

Our support groups and meetings provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Share fears, frustrations, and triumphs as they seek to overcome the burden of stuttering
  • Practice therapeutic techniques (if they desire) in a safe and supportive environment
  • Engage in speaking experiences they might shy away from in their daily lives
  • Assist others in achieving these goals through mutual aid and support
  • Gather with others who stutter who understand their experiences

The NSA provides education and support to children and adults who stutter, family members, professionals, and the public, in an ongoing effort to increase understanding of stuttering.

Through our programs, events, and extensive library of materials, our goal is to reach out to people who stutter of all ages across the United States and around the world. The NSA sponsors workshops for parents and children designed to educate families and professionals, including speech therapists and preschool teachers, about early diagnosis and effective intervention strategies for children who stutter. We also help individuals locate clinicians who specialize in stuttering treatment. Our workshops for adults who stutter help to educate, motivate, and inspire others, while providing opportunities to explore various aspects of stuttering. Our complete line of brochures, books, and tapes is available for distribution to schools, universities, hospitals, and libraries at no cost.

With over three million Americans sharing the problems associated of stuttering, the NSA plays a vital role in letting people who stutter know that they are not alone.

History

The National Stuttering Association (originally the National Stuttering Project, or NSP) was founded in California in January, 1977 by Bob Goldman & Michael Sugarman. Early efforts focused on community outreach programs. Through Public Service Announcements (PSAs), advertisements in local newspapers, and appearances on local radio and television shows, the first members worked to spread the word about stuttering and about the new organization for people who stutter.

One of the group’s most important early projects was to establish local self-help groups across California. Today, the NSA has nearly 200 local support group chapters nationwide. Following are just a few of our accomplishments:

  • In 1988, thanks to the advocacy of a group of members and their local representatives, the President of the United States signed a proclamation establishing the second week of May as National Stuttering Awareness Week (NSAW). Each year during NSAW, the NSA partners with speech therapists and the media to reach the thousands of people who still feel alone and isolated because of their stuttering.
  • The NSA declared 1996 the Year of the Child Who Stutters and hosted symposia around the country focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of young people who stutter.
  • In 2001, the NSA hosted the first joint symposium for scientists and consumers: Pioneering Stuttering Research in the 21st Century. This event focused on building partnerships and fostering collaboration between researchers and clinicians.
  • 2017 marked 40 years of bringing hope, support, and empowerment to people who stutter.

The NSA’s rich history reflects an unwavering commitment to helping people who stutter, their families, and the clinicians who serve them. The organization’s history of growth shows the success of our mission and outreach programs as we work to spread our message of hope, dignity, support, education and empowerment.

Privacy Statement

Policy

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is committed to protecting the privacy and accuracy of your confidential information to the extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. We do not re-distribute or sell personal information collected on through our website to third parties that have no right to that information.

Mission and Purpose:

The NSA website is intended to serve as a compilation of NSA resources and services and to provide a means of communication between the NSA and the public. The site is organized around several groups, including adults who stutter, teens and children who stutter, parents and families, speech and language pathologists, researchers, educators, and those interested in learning about stuttering.

Information collected:

Downloading information by viewing Web pages may result in the collection and storage of some information for statistical purposes. Web servers typically collect information such as the IP address of the computer being used and the Web pages requested. For example, we may count the number of visitors to the various sections of our site in order to help us make our site more useful to visitors. We may also collect and store configuration data, such as the particular type of Web browser that our visitors are using.

Membership/Log-in:

Some areas of the NSA’s Web site are restricted to those visitors who provide us with some additional personal information by submitting an online registration form, who then must log-in by providing their unique username and password. This personally identifiable information is owned solely by the NSA. The NSA will not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose your personal information to any third party without your explicit consent.

Cookies

Some areas of the NSA’s website may utilize cookies. Cookies are small bits of information that a website stores on your computer. The NSA’s website uses cookies to provide a better user-experience. You may disable cookies by configuring your browser, but this may affect how the functionality of the NSA’s website.

Contacting us:

By sending email to the NSA, you are providing certain personal information, such as your name and email address. The NSA may store and/or use this information in order to fulfill your needs or provide a response to your request.

Links

Some of the content within the NSA’s Website may contain links to websites outside of the NSA’s domain. The NSA claims no responsibility for the content found on external websites, and disclaims any and all liability for claims or damages that may result from the use of such outside information.

You may link to the NSA’s website, or content within, providing you obtain authorization to do so. Do not attempt to contain the NSA’s website within any frame on your website. Be advised that the NSA reserves the right to change content or sub-pages at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to verify that your links to us or our content are correct.

Additional information:

From time to time, the NSA may make changes to this privacy statement, and we reserve the right to do so without prior notification. If you are concerned about your privacy, please check for updates on a regular basis. For further information please contact us at: info@WeStutter.org.

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