The Canadian Stuttering Association 2014 Mini-conference

Alex and Sam Alexandra and Sam at the check-in table

The 2014 Canadian Stuttering Association Conference took place on October 25. It featured a series of speakers that addressed topics such as current research and treatment directions. People who stutter were also featured speakers, giving personal commentary on their own experiences and perspectives. Attendees enjoyed a lunch and time to socialize and meet people, as well as say hi to old friends.

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Remembering Norm McEwen

norm Norm McEwen at the 2007 CSA conference

Last week, Norm McEwen of Ottawa, a longstanding member of and valued contributor towards the Canadian Stuttering Association, passed away. His good humour, pleasant nature and devotion to the CSA and other causes he believed in will be remembered. We will miss him! Here, Richard Inomata remembers his friend Norm.

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Toronto Toastmasters for PWS starts up again



For dates and times, go to the Find a Group page

New Location

North York Civic Centre

5100 Yonge St.
TTC: North York Centre station

North York, ON

Amanda Chen has established a new Toastmasters club, Toastmasters with Targets, for people with speech disfluency to practice applying their targets in public speaking. Targets are techniques that help us to improve and train our brain and speech muscles when speaking. For more info contact Amanda or go to the meetup page.

ISTAR announces refresher and intensive course dates

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The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research offers the following treatment courses:

Dec. 1-5, 2014 - 5 day refresher

Jan. 12-30, 2015 - 3 week intensive clinic

Feb. 6-8, 2015 - 3 day refresher

The therapy approach used during our intensive and refresher clinics is the Comprehensive Stuttering Program. Clinical staff at ISTAR are familiar with other stuttering treatment approaches and will also develop individualized treatment programs to best suit the needs or our clients as required.

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3rd Annual Walk for Stuttering Awareness


The Annual Walk/Run event for Stuttering Awareness will be held again in 2014 in Toronto on September 21. This walk is organized by Greg O'Grady to support the grant program of the Speech and Stuttering Institute.

You can help people who stutter get the treatment they need from the Speech and Stuttering Institute, and you'll have fun doing it! You can register right now through the Running Room website.

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Another awesome TEDx talk by a person who stutters


Megan Washington is an award winning Australian singer songwriter who put out her first album in 2010. Originally focusing on jazz music, she now has an indie-pop sound. Recently, during a TedX talk in Sydney, Australia, Megan opened up about her life-long struggle with stuttering.

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