At SAY, we are proud to support and celebrate the voices of the more than 70 million people worldwide who stutter, every day. As October 22nd approaches, we rejoice in inspiring and spreading global stuttering awareness by sharing our celebration with the world on International Stuttering Awareness Day 2022!
Here are easy ways to get into the #ISAD2022 spirit and join the festivities by learning more about stuttering, raising awareness in your community, and remembering that for people who stutter, EVERY DAY is Stuttering Awareness Day.
This powerful PSA, created in partnership with The Stuttering Association for the Young and creative agency BBDO, aims to ignite an overdue national conversation around stuttering to raise awareness and help viewers understand how to supportively listen to people who stutter and give them as much time as they need to speak.
Please amplify In the Spotlight by downloading & SHARING it on your social media platforms using the hashtag #SpacetoStutter!
This award-winning independent documentary from Executive Producers Mariska Hargitay, Peter Hermann, Paul Rudd, and George Springer, follows five kids who stutter from all over the United States who, after experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at SAY and Camp SAY. Over the course of a year, we witness firsthand the incredible transformation that happens when these young people experience for the first time the revolutionary idea at the heart of SAY: that it is really, REALLY okay to stutter.
You can rent, buy, or stream My Beautiful Stutter on iTunes & AppleTV and discovery+ in the U.S. and internationally on Vimeo on Demand. Host an ISAD 2022 Watch Party with family and friends!
ISAD is a perfect time to learn more about stuttering and the best ways to be there for people who stutter with patience, understanding, and allyship.
CLICK BELOW to review our Stuttering 101 & Listening Tips and get the facts about stuttering and advice for supportively and respectfully listening to people who stutter.
Shine a light on the powerful voices of people who stutter by sharing their stories. Here are just a few members of our SAY community that never fail to inspire us:
Our friend John Hendrickson, author and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, shared his intimate perspective as a person who stutters with filmmaker James Robinson for Adapt-Ability, a video series for The New York Times Opinion Section that challenges us to overcome our discomfort with disability.
This sharp and intriguing piece poses the idea that stuttering is not solely a speech issue. Our willingness to be patient and listen is absolutely fundamental:
A beloved highlight of our annual Confident Voices Graduation Celebration is the premiere of the ‘SAY Scroll’ where our graduates answer the question, ‘What advice do you have for young people who stutter?’ We love sharing the wisdom, encouragement, and bold & unique voices of our 2022 Graduating Class! In the sage words of one of our grads, ‘There’s over 70 million people that stutter, so none of us are really alone.’
This beautiful original song from our Camp SAY 2022 Singing Team was composed and performed with the guidance and mentorship of SAY’s Musical Director, Everett Bradley. We applaud the bravery of our kids & teens who stutter for boldly sharing their voices … and LOVE the support and appreciation they always give to one another:
Acclaimed choreographer Ken Roberson shares his early challenges with stuttering, the invaluable importance of family and community support, and his advice to people who don’t stutter for SAY’s MY STUTTER Video Series:
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