ELSA welcomes spotlight on stuttering

ELSA steps up awareness raising of stuttering via an information article with the help of the “Kings Speech”


ELSA welcomes spotlight on stuttering

A Europe-wide organisation dedicated to raising awareness of stuttering across Europe has welcomed the impact that the King’s Speech has had on cinema go-ers across the world.

The European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA) has been helping people who stutterer find their voice for 21 years but never before has stuttering had such a high, positive profile in the media with news, blogs and tweets devoted to the subject.

Its Vice -Chair Anita Blom has been widely quoted in the media, not just in Sweden, where she lives, but across the world telling her own personal story. In addition Richard Bourgondiën the ELSA webmaster has seen hits to the ELSA website increase over the last 6 months.

ELSA’s founder and current chairman Edwin J Farr, hopes that stuttering's high profile around Europe will encourage young people from across the continent to attend ELSA's 8th youth meeting being held this year at Giggleswick in the UK. http://www.stuttering.ws/

Edwin said: ”We need to ensure that people who are moved by this film can find out more about stuttering through websites, talks and seminars. It is therefore timely that ELSA is organising a conference for young people who stutter this summer in the UK. While the King’s Speech has been a fantastic window on the difficulties of living with a stutter, we need to ensure that it is backed up with concrete information and support.”

In 2002 Edwin was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Golden Jubilee for services to stammering. This was significant timing as the anniversary was also that of King George's death. On receiving the award from HRH the Prince of Wales, Edwin was reminded by the Prince that his grandfather had also lived with a stammer.

ELSA’s conference at Giggleswick is running from 16 to 22 July. Any young person who is interested can find out more from the above link. The meeting is funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.


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