International Stuttering Awareness Week Great Debate

20 October 2008

The Debating team doing some prep work.

The University of Sydney will host a great debate on Thursday 23 October to raise awareness of International Stuttering Week and the communication disorder that affects around 250,000 Australians.

Mixed teams from the stuttering support group, the Australian Speakeasy Association, and students from the University's Faculty of Health Sciences will take to the stage to argue the debate topic, 'It doesn't matter if you stutter.'

"To a person who stutters, a debate is the thing they'd normally avoid. By debating we're showing just how far we've come in our fluency," says Speakeasy member Laurie.

Current Speech Pathology student Danielle has been motivated to compete in the event due to her own family's experiences of stuttering. "Ever since I can remember I was always aware that my dad stutters. So if weeks such as International Stuttering Awareness Week can help raise the profile of stuttering and therefore help out researchers in the field… that's going to benefit millions of people like my dad in the future."

The event is run in close collaboration with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre located at the University's Cumberland Campus. Since its inception in 1996, the Centre has received continuous funding to conduct trials into stuttering intervention and treatment, and to disseminate knowledge about the disorder.

International Stuttering Awareness Day was started in the United States in 1998. Ten years later it has expanded to a week of worldwide events to raise public awareness of the common communication disorder.

Event details

Date: Thursday 23 October 2008

Time: 12 noon to 1pm

Location: S Building, Rm S102, Cumberland Campus, University of Sydney

Contact: Michelle Cario

Phone: 0411 629 316

Email: 04412b571d0c361427371a3c58270803483218