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A kid who stutters and his dream: "I want to become a police officer"

by Dieudonne Nsabimana. Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre

The purpose of this article is to give you insight into the work we were doing to create positive change in our community . We have been translating education materials on stuttering into the local language with the support of the International Fluency Association (IFA). 

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11year-old Bruce is a kid who stutters who lives in a rural area of northern Rwanda, where stuttering is defined by folk myths.

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One World, Many Voices: Science and Community: Hiroshima 2018 Conference

The Organising Team are pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 Inaugural Joint World Congress of the International Stuttering Association, International Fluency Association and International Cluttering Association to be held in Hiroshima, Japan, alongside local host organisation the Japanese Society of Stuttering and other Fluency Disorders. We would like to thank everyone who engaged in the lively discussions regarding the choice of theme, and to all those who voted in the poll. We are happy to say that the theme chosen by popular vote is:

One World, Many Voices: Science and Community

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Lesson from Rwanda: Using Technology to Provide Access to Therapy


Distance Therapy

by Dieudonne Nsabimana. Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre

There are only 2 Speech-language Pathologists (SLPs) in Rwanda for a population of over 11 million people. Using the universally accepted incidence rates of stuttering (1 percent of the population), there are 110.000 people who stutter in Rwanda, resulting in an estimate of 1 SLP for 55.000 people who stutter.  Clearly access to treatment for stuttering is not available to all who need it.

The application of telehealth technologies offers effective solutions to this challenge.  Distance Stuttering Therapy Program Africa (DSTPA) has been developed in Rwanda to deal with this shortfall.

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