2020 was a year of change for everyone around the globe, including the NSA. It was also a time of growth. Early in 2020, before we understood just how important online connections would become, the GENERATIONS Mentoring Program was founded. This program partners a young person who stutters with a screened and vetted older person who stutters. Together, they can form a friendship where each other can talk about stuttering, but also life, hobbies, sports, movies, video games and more during regular video chats, text, and email.
2020 also brought about our first NSA Connects sessions, connecting participants from across the nation and around the globe on a variety of stuttering-related topics in a safe, virtual setting.
In the summer of 2020, the NSA hosted our first-ever virtual annual conference, NSA@Home, and welcomed more than 1,600 attendees from 20+ countries to take part in online workshops, panels, social events, continuing education workshops, and more.
Rounding out 2020, the National Stuttering Association hosted a 3-day, online Global Research Conference in late November, designed to bring together speech-language pathologists, speech-language scientists, people who stutter, and others interested in diving deeper into their knowledge base about stuttering. The event offered a full lineup of world-class presenters, with session topics including cutting-edge research, recent medical findings, and the latest in evidence-based therapy techniques, each designed to greatly deepen one’s understanding of stuttering as a full life experience.