Joe Fulcher 1928 – 2017

Joe FulcherThe International Fluency Association and the community it represents lost a friend and an advocate when Joe Fulcher passed away on 6th October 2017.

Joe served the Stuttering Foundation of America over many years and in many ways. Married to Jane Fraser, President of the SFA, Joe employed his extensive financial and legal knowledge and skills to further the work of the organisation, ensuring the highest standards of governance throughout.

Joe was an engaging and gracious gentleman who cared deeply about the community of children and adults who stutter and he worked tirelessly alongside Jane for thirty years to improve the lives of those who stutter.

The Stuttering Foundation has always been an active supporter of the IFA, sponsoring a post conference workshop at the last World Congress in Lisbon. We value our partnership as we strive for the same goals.

Joe will be deeply missed by so many and we feel privileged to have known and worked alongside him.

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

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.

Read more: One World, Many Voices: Science and Community: Hiroshima 2018

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.

Read more: Lesson from Rwanda: Using Technology to Provide Access to Therapy

Stuttering in Africa: From Hopelessness to Recovery

by Dieudonne Nsabimana. Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre

The purpose of this article is to shed a light on the challenges that African children who stutter face and to give some insights about our efforts for positive change. And it’s also to thanks the International Fluency Association (IFA).

Read more: Stuttering in Africa: From Hopelessness to Recovery

ISA Offers English Translation of Dutch Clinical Guidelines for Children, Adolescents and Adults

The IFA is pleased to highlight an example of collaborative development of national guidelines authored by both professionals and consumers to improve the quality of services for people who stutter:

from the ISA Website:
The ISA is very pleased to be able to offer the Clinical Guideline ‘Stuttering in Children, Adolescents and Adults’ (Pertijs et al. 2014) and allowing the usage of this English translation free of charge and obligation. The professional translation (and edited by Bert Bast, Leonoor Oonk and Mark Pertijs from The Netherlands) makes a significant contribution to the community of people who stutter around the world.

The Dutch Clinical Guideline on Stuttering was discussed extensively at the 8th World Congress of the International Fluency Association (IFA) at Lisbon July 2015.

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