Mission Statement

The National Stuttering Association 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. We will take a leadership role in shaping the way stuttering is viewed and treated, and will be a leading provider of education and information on stuttering. The NSA will expand our support people who stutter through local chapters, advocacy, educational training, family programs, and publications. We will be a catalyst for research into effective treatment for stuttering while encouraging the search for its cause and cure.



The NSA provides support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, instilling the sense of self-worth so often missing in the lives of those who battle this disorder. With members nationwide and over 100 self-help support groups in the United States, the NSA provides information about stuttering, increases public awareness of stuttering, serves as a support and advocacy group, and is a referral organization for speech therapy sources throughout the United States. Our support groups provide attendees with the opportunity to share fears, frustrations, and triumphs; practice therapeutic techniques to help control stuttering in a safe and supportive environment; engage in speaking experiences they might shy away from in their daily lives; and, perhaps most importantly, assist others in achieving these goals.

As a consumer-run organization, the NSA provides education and training to children and adults who stutter, parents, professionals, and the general public in an outgoing effort to increase understanding for the communication disorder of stuttering. The NSA has become a valuable resource for speech-language pathologists with information about how to increase the effectiveness of speech therapy in the schools. For example, the NSA’s successful school in-service program has provided education and resources to school-based speech therapists and educators at the local and national level since 1989. Funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2000, this rewarding program partnered NSA members with children who stutter and their parents so they could share first-hand experiences about the effects stuttering has had on their lives.

Letting Go (and formerly Family Voices), newsletters published by the NSA that is specifically for kids and teens who stutter, parents, and SLP’s and for adults who stutter, respectively. Articles are written by NSA members and staff who share their stories and experiences with the hope of helping and supporting others. Newsletters are available online, both current and past issues.

Through our programs, events, and extensive library of materials, we continue to try to reach new people who stutter all around the country. The NSA sponsors workshops for parents and children designed to educate families and local professionals, including speech therapists and preschool teachers, about early diagnosis and effective intervention strategies for children who stutter. We also help parents locate clinicians who specialize in stuttering treatment. Our adult workshops help to educate, motivate, and inspire members, whlie providing opportunities to explore various aspects of stuttering. Our complete line of brochures, books, and tapes is available for people who stutter, parents, teachers, family, friends, and professionals are distributed to schools, universities, hospitals, and libraries at no cost.

NSA members also participate actively in National Stuttering Awareness Week (NSAW). This annual event is a time for the NSA to work with speech therapists and the media in the hope that we can reach the thousands of people who stutter who still feel alone and isolated. The National Stuttering Association was instrumental in getting NSAW established by an act of Congress in 1988 through the hard work and dedication of a group of our members.

With over three million Americans sharing the problems of stuttering, the National Stuttering Association plays a vital role in letting people who stutter know that they are not alone through our programs and services.



The National Stuttering Association (originally called the National Stuttering Project, or NSP) was founded in California in January of 1977 by Bob Goldman and Michael Sugarman.

Early efforts of the organization focused on its community outreach program. Through Public Service Announcements (PSAs), advertisements in local newspapers, and appearances on local radio and television shows, the first members worked to spread the word about stuttering and about the new organization for people who stutter or stammer.

One of the group’s most important early projects was to establish local self-help groups across California and today, the NSA has more than 125 local support-group chapters nationwide.

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. Later, the organization 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 meeting focused on building partnerships and fostering collaboration between researchers, clinicians, and people who stutter, to address research needs in the field of stuttering and stuttering treatments.

The NSA’s history reflects an unwavering commitment to helping adults and children who stutter, their families and the clinicians who serve them. The organization’s history of growth shows the success of its mission, outreach programs and message of hope, dignity, support, education and empowerment for children and adults who stutter, their families, and the professional community.

Privacy Statement


The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is committed to protecting the privacy and accuracy of your confidential information to the extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. We do not re-distribute or sell personal information collected on our Web servers to third parties that have no right to that information.

Mission and Purpose:

The National Stuttering Association Web site is intended to serve as a compilation of NSA resources and services and to provide a means of communication between the NSA and the public. The site is organized around several groups, including Speech Language Professionals/Researchers, Adults who stutter, teens/children who stutter, families and those interested in learning about stuttering and stuttering resources, and educators needing to find and consult stuttering resources.

Information collected:

Downloading information by viewing Web pages may result in the collection and storage of some information for statistical purposes. Web servers typically collect information such as the IP address of the computer being used, and the Web pages requested. For example we may count the number of visitors to the various sections of our site in order to help us make our site more useful to visitors. We may also collect and store configuration data, such as the particular type of Web browser that our visitors are using.


Some areas of the NSA’s Web site are restricted to those visitors who provide us with some additional personal information by submitting an online registration form, who then must log-in by providing their unique username and password. This personally identifiable information is owned solely by the NSA. The NSA will not sell, rent, or otherwise disclose your personal information to any third party without your explicit consent.


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Contacting us:

By sending email to the NSA you are providing certain personal information, such as your name and email address. The NSA may store and/or use this information in order to fulfill your needs or provide a response to your request.


Some of the content within the NSA’s Web site may contain links to Web sites outside of the NSA’s domain. The NSA claims no responsibility for the content found on external Web sites, and disclaims any and all liability for claims or damages that may result from the use of such outside information.

You may link to the NSA’s Web site, or content within, providing you obtain authorization to do so. Do not attempt to contain the NSA’s Web site within any frame on your Web site. Be advised that the NSA reserves the right to change content and/or sub-pages at any time and without notice, and it is your responsibility to verify that your links to us or our content are correct.

Additional information:

From time to time the NSA may make changes to this privacy statement, which we reserve the right to do so without prior notification. If you are concerned about your privacy, please check for updates on a regular basis. For further information please contact us at: Info@WeStutter.org.

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