The second week of May each year is designated National Stuttering Awareness Week. This recognition week first started in 1988 when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution that was championed in part by Senator John Glenn, husband of Annie Glenn who received successful stuttering treatment at Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI ) in Roanoke, Virginia.
Founded in 1972 by Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D., HCRI has grown into a world-leading center for the investigation and treatment of stuttering. The non-profit Institute is unique from other stuttering organizations in that work focuses on developing scientifically based treatment methods, as well as administering stuttering therapy. HCRI offers 17 stuttering therapy programs annually and has treated more than 5,800 people from across the U.S. and 23 other countries.
There are three million people in the U.S. and 66 million people worldwide who suffer from the debilitating effects of stutteirng. During National Stuttering Awareness Week, which takes place this year from May 10-16, people who have an understanding of the impact stuttering has on people’s lives are asked to seize the opportunity to:
- Educate others about the challenges of this unique human disorder;
- Promote the importance of HCRI research to find the cause of stuttering that could lead to a cure; and
- Let people know that practical, effective treatment is available from HCRI, which will give them the skills they need to speak fluently for a lifetime.
If you know of anyone who would benefit form HCRI’s scientificaly based therapy, have them visit www.stuttering.org or call 540-265-5650 for more information. HCRI’s staff will take the time to answer questions and share information about the Institute’s 12-day intensive stuttering therapy program. In addition, some scholarships are now available for program participants.