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We are very grateful to all our sponsors for helping to make this event possible. 

Sponsor profiles are created by the sponsors themselves and inclusion of sponsors does not indicate endoresement of products by the Congress Organising Team.



Japan Stuttering Genyukai OrganisationThe Japan Stuttering Genyukai Association (JSGA) was founded in Tokyo in 1968.The purpose of the organization is to organise, communicate and encourage contact with local Genyukai groups, which are self-help groups for people who stutter (PWS). Local Genyukai groups are managed independently, and JSGA represents them at a national level. JSGA has four aims within Japanese society:

(1) To make contact with government, public office, media and other organizations. 
(2) To conduct local and national projects for PWS. 
(3) To conduct “promotion activities of social support” for PWS, in order to improve public awareness of stuttering and generate support.
(4) To promote local activities for PWS, such as the establishment of new local Genyukai.


sq IFA LogoIn addition to underwriting the Joint World Congress, the International Fluency Association has made a generous donation to assist in keeping delegate fees as low as possible.

The International Fluency Association is a not-for-profit, international, interdisciplinary organization devoted to the understanding and management of fluency disorders, and to the improvement in the quality of life for persons with fluency disorders.


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The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation provides up-to-date resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.
It provides education, training, and information to professionals, children and adults who stutter, parents, teachers and all those concerned about stuttering. It is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals working in all settings, including clinics, hospitals, and schools helping children of all ages.

Hiroshima CVB logo squareThe Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau is a public interest incorporated foundation established to promote conventions in Hiroshima Prefecture and tourism in and around the City of Hiroshima, as well as to invigorate the local economy, promote mutual understanding between Japan and other countries, and to contribute to the development of local culture.
To achieve these goals, it endeavors to attract both domestic and international events such as meetings, conferences, and exhibitions to Hiroshima, and offers support services to help encourage their success. It also aims to attract tourists to Hiroshima, along with maintaining and developing tourism resources.


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Hiroshima University is one of the largest national universities in Japan covering a broad range of academic fields including humanities, science and engineering, and medicine with 11 undergraduate and 11 graduate schools. Hiroshima University offers many unique benefits, such as its excellent professors, expansive research facilities and equipment, cutting-edge research that is highly acclaimed both within Japan and abroad, and our original department education system known as the “Hiroshima University Program of Specified Education and Study,” which aims to ensure quality education and offer detailed learning support tailored to each and every student. In 2014, the university was also selected as one of the "Top Type Schools" of the "Top Global University Project," the super global university project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).






The Japan Society of Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders (JSSFD) was founded in 2013. The primary goal of JSSFD is to increase awareness and understanding of stuttering, cluttering and other fluency disorders, and to improve treatment and quality of life for people with fluency disorders. 





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Servotronix Motion Control develops and manufactures both off-the-shelf motion control products and customized automation systems. Founded in 1987, Servotronix has developed several generations and series of high performance servo drives. The company designs and develops motion control solutions per customer specifications, meeting the strictest requirements of form, functionality and cost. 

Servotronix operates worldwide, with headquarters in Israel and subsidiaries in Germany and China. A global customer base includes leading machine builders and automation system suppliers. The company focuses on motion control solutions for a diverse range of applications and industries, such as robotics, CNC and machining tools, medical equipment, electronics, printing, textile, food and beverage, and renewable energy. Servotronix is guided by the principles of high-quality products, cost-effective solutions, and on-time deliveries.

A controlling share of Servotronix was acquired in 2017 by Midea Group of China, a Fortune 500 company with over 200 subsidiaries and more than 130 thousand employees worldwide. Midea manufactures and markets household appliances, air conditioning systems, robotics and automation systems. The strategic alliance allows the two companies to leverage each other’s capabilities and resources, leading to new products and growth for both Servotronix and Midea in the field of industrial automation and intelligent manufacturing.

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The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research.
The vision of the National Stuttering Association is to build on our position as the preeminent organization for supporting people who stutter in the United States via local chapters, advocacy, educational training, family programs, and publications, while continuing to forge a strong partnership with the international stuttering community in order to serve others around the globe.


UC RIverside School of Medicine

The University of California, Riverside School of Medicine houses the Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering.  UCR serves as a leading institution providing medical treatments for those who stutter and is consistently investigating novel pharmacologic and other therapies. Providing comprehensive care with medication management, speech therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, UC Riverside welcomes the stuttering community to receive cutting edge, scientifically based treatment. 



Novotalk logoNovotalk is an Israeli company providing tele-therapeutic solutions for people with speech disorders, primarily people who stutter. Novotalk's first commercialized product is a patent-pending, on-demand, self-guided teletherapy platform, which combine classical fluency therapy techniques with cognitive and emotional components. It provides a place to learn, practice, gain, and maintain free-flowing speech remotely, independently and discretely. Individuals use Novotalk on an ongoing basis to help them manage their fluency, and may achieve a more rewarding lifetime and life changing experience. Available in English and Hebrew globally, Novotalk will soon launch its North American operations, in collaboration with a national healthcare brand.


Major grants

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13 DC017095 from the U.S. National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD ) to the IFA (via the University of Maryland as applicant institution). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 




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