Taro Alexander, renowned actor, director, teacher, and person who stutters, founded the organization in 2001 to provide a truly unique and accepting environment for children who stutter.
A Brief History Of Our Programs:
Since our founding, our leadership team has presented important information about stuttering in a broad range of settings across the world, including educational institutions such as Columbia University, NYU, CUNY and more; New York City Department of Education Staff Development Days; conferences & conventions including the National Stuttering Association Conferences across the US; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; Friends Conferences (from New Jersey to San Francisco); the International Fluency Association World Congress in Montreal & Dublin, and VSA Arts in Washington, D.C.
SAY’s innovative year-round programming began with an emphasis on the performing arts and expanded to a broad range of confidence building activities.
We have received several prestigious awards including the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the Charles Van Riper Award from the National Council on Communicative Disorders (awarded at the Kennedy Center), and a Special Citation from the NY State Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Our organization is featured frequently in the press including: The Meredith Vieira Show, ABC News, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, TODAY, 20/20, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and many more.
Please visit our press area to see these exciting features and more.