The National Stuttering Association (NSA) believes that instilling a sense of self-worth can transform the lives of people who stutter as well as the communities that support them.
Since 1977, the NSA has been enhancing the lives of people who stutter, educating the public, assisting speech professionals, championing research, and advocating for a reduction in the stigma of stuttering.
The NSA supports research into the causes and treatments of stuttering by providing funding, assisting in the recruitment of study participants, and sharing research findings with the stuttering community.
“If you stutter, you are not alone” is the NSA’s promise to the over three million Americans who stutter. In addition to the programs listed above, here are just a few more ways that the NSA follows through on that promise:
- Hosting local, regional, and virtual events
- Fostering mentorships within our Generations Mentoring Program for young people who stutter
- Providing free career advice for people who stutter through WeStutter@Work
- Connecting people who stutter via social media.
The National Stuttering Association is an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID 94-2420533) and we are deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices.
The National Stuttering Association (originally the National Stuttering Project, or NSP) was founded in California in January 1977 by Bob Goldman & Michael Sugarman, with early efforts focusing on community outreach, education, and advocacy programs.
One of the group’s most important early projects was to establish local self-help groups across California. Today, the NSA maintains more than 200 local support group chapters nationwide.
The NSA hosted its first Annual Conference in 1984 bringing together people who stutter for friendship, support, information, excitement, encouragement, motivation, new ideas, and new perspectives. Nearly 40 years later, our Annual Conference is viewed as the world’s largest gathering of people who stutter. See where we’ve been over the years, and our Conference Awards and Hall of Fame inductions for those who have made an impact on our Past Conference Information page.
In 1988, thanks to the advocacy of a group of members and their local representatives, the President of the United States signed a proclamation establishing the second week of May as National Stuttering Awareness Week (NSAW).
The NSA declared 1996 the Year of the Child Who Stutters and hosted symposia around the country focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of young people who stutter.
In 2001, the NSA hosted the first joint symposium for scientists and consumers: Pioneering Stuttering Research in the 21st Century. This event focused on building partnerships and fostering collaboration between researchers and clinicians.
2017 marked 40 years of bringing hope, support, and empowerment to people who stutter.
The NSA’s rich history reflects an unwavering commitment to helping people who stutter, their families, and the clinicians who serve them. The organization’s history of growth shows the success of our mission and outreach programs as we work to spread our message of hope, dignity, support, education, and empowerment.