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Awareness day

International Stuttering Awareness Day

October 22 was designated International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in 1998. The day is intended to raise the public awareness of the millions of people who have the speech disorder of stuttering, including over 3 million Americans.

ISAD is organised by four organizations:

ISAD has includes an online conference, targeted at people with an interest in stuttering, as well as speech-language pathologists and their clients.

Increasing awareness of stuttering can lead to early intervention, so that young children can receive treatment to achieve a level of speech that doesn't require conscious management.

In 2007, Central Michigan University expanded the day into Stuttering Awareness Week, which extended for a week after 22 October.

Although many locales do not have support groups, there are resources for stutterers online and cooperative education groups that work with schools.

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