Online article by Katherine Preston
Communication and emotion are caught up in such a delicate dance, and some of it isn’t pretty.
The ability to be heard by others, to listen to what the world has to offer each day, to share readily and easily one’s memories, experiences, opinions and dreams—all contribute to a sense of social completeness and belonging, to feelings of contentment.
The reverse is also true. Emotional responses to communication disorders—how we react to the continual threat of being isolated from friends, family, colleagues and peers—can run a complex gamut, sometimes over the course of a single day. Sometimes we accept, other times we might get frustrated, angry or really depressed.
Originating in a well-received ASHA convention session, Katherine Preston’s powerful piece profiles two people who stutter who confronted the darkness at the extreme end of this cascading emotional spectrum. With the help of speech-language pathologists, Scott Palasik and Tim returned to the light.
19-25 July 2014: The 9th ELSA Youth Meeting, The Netherlands
The European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA) is holding a Youth Meeting in July 2014 at a location in the centre of The Netherlands. This is ELSA’s 9th Youth Meeting, the first being in Linköping at the time the World Congress in 1995, the second in Nijmegen in 1997, the third in Mullsjö, Sweden in 2000 and the fourth, fifth, and sixth again in Nijmegen in 2003, 2005 and 2007, the seventh and eight were in Giggleswick in 2009 and 2011.
A letter is addressed to the Boards/Committees and offices of every European National Stuttering Association inviting them to nominate up to four people between 18 and 27 years old who stutter to participate in the Youth Meeting.
The meeting will be 6 days starting Saturday evening 19 July and finishing Friday morning 25 July. The Meeting will consist of workshops, lectures, presentations, social outings and many other activities. The title of the Youth Meeting is, because of it’s connection with the World congress of 2013 :
People who stutter Supporting each other
opens October 1, 2013.
June 13th: Annual General Meeting 2013
To: All Member Stuttering Associations/Organisations of the European League of Stuttering Associations
The European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA)
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Congrescentrum De Werelt, Westhofflaan 2, 6741 KH Lunteren, The Netherlands
Your association as a member of ELSA is invited to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting.
ELSA will hold the AGM at 14.45hrs Thursday 13 June 2013 at the above location. The approximate duration of the meeting is 45 minutes.
The meeting will be held during the 10th World Congress for People who Stutter.
The Agenda will be uploaded on this website around 3 weeks before the meeting. This invitation is available as download.
The AGM is free to attend however if you plan to stay at the World Congress before and/or after the AGM you are required to register for the World Congress at: http://www.demosthenes.nl/wc2013/index.php/the-congress/registration
Please note registration before Wednesday 1 May 2013 entitles the delegates to a 25% discount.
We look forward to meeting you at the World Congress and the ELSA AGM.
Edwin J. Farr MBE (GB), Anita S. Blom (S), Richard Bourgondiën (NL)
For and on behalf of the European League of Stuttering Associations
ELSA is a member of the European Disability Forum (EDF). The EDF is a Brussels based umbrella disability organisation that has good contacts with the European Commission (EC).
The EC has a small project called "Capacity Building" and 5 countries have been chosen to participate in this programme following presentations by their National Disability Councils.
The countries are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and Portugal.
The project will provide funding to allow disability organisations in these countries to work together to raise awareness of the their subject. This includes stuttering associations.
Edwin J Farr, Chair of the European League of Stuttering Associations has been liaising with the EDF and has nominated a representative of the stuttering associations from the 5 countries.
The capacity building will be in the form of seminars and conferences to raise awareness of various disabilities including stuttering during the autumn of 2012.
Edwin J Farr
Chair of the European League of Stuttering Associations
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