A Short History of ELSA
The EUROPEAN LEAGUE OF STUTTERING ASSOCIATIONS (ELSA) was set up in 1990 by 12 countries to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of stuttering and to bring together, as a top umbrella Organisation, the National Stuttering Self-Help Organisations of Europe.
Some countries, including many in Europe, have independent non-governmental organisations, usually charitable or voluntary, which do try to improve conditions for stutterers through various methods such as:
- providing impartial advice and information to all sectors of the community on stuttering therapy.
- promoting a greater understanding of stuttering among the general public
- holding workshops, seminars, conferences etc. on all aspects of stuttering.
- supporting local self-help groups.
- providing a social network to bring stutterers together for discussion and self-therapy.
- producing informative newsletters and magazines on all aspects of stuttering and therapy.
- providing lines of communication to combat the isolation felt by many stutterers.
In effect the National Stuttering Self-Help Organisations in Europe over the past twenty years or so have independently and without major funding sought to improve the conditions for people disabled or disadvantaged by stuttering.