So much of the support and knowledge we have has been a result of our involvement with the National Stuttering Association (www.westutter.org) Through the NSA, we have met many people and found much support that I sometimes have a hard time explaining it. I have heard people in the past talk about support organizations, but I never really understood how powerful they could be until I found the NSA. The reason the NSA is so powerful is because of the fabulous people that are part of it -- starting with the Director, Tammy Flores and going through the staff and into the membership. Warm, welcoming, knowledgable, kind and supportive are just a few words that I would use to describe the organization.
Through the NSA, we have met too many people to list individually, but I want to list a few that have made contributions that I can share :)
One of those people is Jody Fuller. He's a soldier and a speaker and someone who also happens to stutter. He's an inspiration to Nate -- who aspires to joining the Air Force and also expresses a love for public speaking. His recent blog post talks about his story, and also check out this video he made for this year's ISAD:
Another creative soul we've met is Daniele Rossi. He's a social media fiend who is also a talented comic artist. He is one of the forces behind Stutter Social on Google+, and is behind Ti-Ger.org where you'll find a fabulous analogy about stuttering, some great tips, and wonderful cartoons. This one is a favorite of Nate's:
And so many more wonderful people!!
Outside of the NSA, I was pointed to this article recently (actually, I think I saw the link thanks to an NSA member!) The article, named "Digital Snake Oil: The Emergence of Online Stuttering Scams and Shams" is an excellent look at miracle cures touted on the Internet. I've been targeted a few times by a Russian woman who claims she can "cure" Nate in 3 days for only $7000 and implies that I'm a rotten mom because I don't let her fix my son. This article helps explain what to look for when people are claiming "miracle cures" and hopefully will help unsuspecting people who are hoping for a quick fix! Nate can sometimes control his stutter, but he cannot be "cured." He will continue to work with his tools to improve fluency, but it's not a quick fix!
The Stuttering Foundation is another excellent resource, and the place where we found a fantastic poster of famous people who stutter. They have a ton of resources available on their site, which are a wealth of information.
And, Nate says I can't finish this post without including a link to his videos. This will take you to a playlist of all the videos Nate has made about stuttering. He wants you to let us know if there's anything you want him to talk about, and he'll make more!