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National Stuttering Association

Add to Calendar! 07/05/2023 09:00 AM 07/08/2023 11:59 PM America/New_York 2023 NSA Annual Conference

2024 NSA Annual Conference

For over four decades, the National Stuttering Association has been empowering voices, sharing stories, and fostering connections. This year, we invite you and your family to soak up the energy and warmth of our stuttering community at the NSA’s 41st Annual Conference in St. Louis. Come for the celebration, stay for the education, and leave with lifelong connections for both kids and adults!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Workshops and opportunities to learn more about life as people who stutter,
  • Exciting activities and excursions in and around the St. Louis area,
  • Tons of fun for the entire family
  • Best of all: the powerful experience of being around hundreds of others who ‘get it’.

Registration opens March 2024.

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2023 NSA Annual Conference

Are you ready to be part of the largest gathering of people who stutter? Mark your calendars now, July 5-8, 2023.

For the past 40 years, the National Stuttering Association has hosted an Annual Conference, and we hope you’ll join us for all of the celebration, education, and connection at this year’s event in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Workshops and opportunities to learn more about life as a PWS,
  • Exciting activities and excursions in and around the FTL area,
  • A new educational experience for people who professionally support the stuttering community, and
  • Best of all: the powerful experience of being around hundreds of others who ‘get it’.

Don’t wait, though – early bird rates are only available until May 1st.

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2023 NSA Annual Conference

Are you ready to be part of the largest gathering of people who stutter? Mark your calendars now, July 5-8, 2023.

For the past 40 years, the National Stuttering Association has hosted an Annual Conference, and we hope you’ll join us for all of the celebration, education, and connection at this year’s event in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

With informative workshops, exciting activities and excursions in and around the FTL area, and the powerful experience of being around hundreds of others who ‘get it’, this is THE place to be this summer. Don’t wait, though – early bird rates are only available until May 1st!

This year we’re excited and honored to bring the stuttering community our first NSA Professional Development Experience, July 3-4, where we will dive deep and explore this year’s empowering and timely theme, Embracing the Person Behind the Stutter. Designed to serve the needs of graduate students and speech-language pathologists (at all points in their career), or anyone looking to get a better understanding of stuttering, this experience will delve into topics geared toward the development of an inclusive, person-centered approach when working with people who stutter. 

During our long weekend together, we will celebrate and connect with others as we embrace this wonderful community of people who stutter, the supporters that love them, and the professionals that serve them. The NSA Annual Conference captures that magic in a unique way, so join us and find out for yourself what it’s like to Never Stutter Alone ☀

Activities & Excursions

We have put together an exciting lineup of on and off-site activities to add even more fun to your St. Louis experience! Check out the details below, and then reserve your space for these activities during registration.

What To Expect

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the largest gathering of people who stutter! Dive into workshops, connect with amazing speakers, and make lifelong friends. Plus, earn up to 1.3 ASHA CEUs at our Annual Conference—it’s the ultimate combo of learning, laughter, and a ton of fun! 

Need a sneak peek? Check out our 2023 Conference Agenda for a taste of what’s in store. 

First Timer?

It’s a difficult decision to attend for the first time, but we can ease your fears.

Families

Are you attending as a family?
Here’s what to expect.

SLPs

Speech professionals can learn from people who stutter and earn ASHA CEUs.

Pricing

Conference Registration

  • Adult/SLP – $249.00
  • Kids (12 and Under) – $123.00
  • Teens (Ages 13-17) – $223.00
  • College/Grad Student – $223.00
  • Chapter Leader – $228.00
  • 1-Day Admission – $103.00
  • ASHA CEU Add-On – $35.00

Registration Includes:

  • Full access to all workshops, general sessions, and all associated workshop materials
  • Coffee and refreshment breaks
  • Saturday Night Banquet meal (not included in 1-Day Admission price. 1-Day attendees will have the option add on a banquet meal at event check in)

Saturday Night Banquet

Regular registration includes the Saturday Night Banquet. You may make your meal selection during checkout.

All meals come with fresh market salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea, and dessert. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

  • Chicken Roulade with Caramelized Fennel, Baby Spinach with Roasted Peppers & Garlic, Parmesan & Herb Polenta Cake, Sundried Tomato Broth
  • Braised Beef Short Rib, Baby Spinach with Roasted Peppers & Garlic, Parmesan & Herb Polenta Cake, Sundried Tomato Broth
  • Vegetarian/Vegan: Curried Black Lentils with Grilled Tofu and Roasted Vegetables
  • Kids meal: Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese, Salad

Notes:

No refunds will be given. Special circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

*Thanks to the generosity of the Liben Family Scholarship Fund, we are honored to be able to offer a discounted rate to our college/graduate student attendees.

Pre-order your Annual Conference T-shirt now!

Sport these trendy tees and let everyone know that with the NSA, you Never Stutter Alone! Order your t-shirt when you register and we’ll have it waiting for you upon check-in.

Scholarships

Grateful to our community donors, Liben Family Fund, and our supporters, we’re determined to that financial barriers will not prevent anyone from attending our Conference. However, funds are limited, and with increasing applications, those facing hardships are urged to apply. Please note, we don’ offer full scholarships, and funds may run out before the May 15th, 2024, deadline. Submit your application by 5 PMET, May 15th, 2024, to maximize your chance of support.

Thank you to all who applied for scholarship funding during this cycle. All scholarship funding for 2023 has been awarded and all recipients have been notified.

Scholarships

We don’t want financial difficulties to prevent anyone from attending our conference. 

Workshops

Be a Part of Our Exciting Workshop Lineup!

Sponsorships

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities, beginning as low as $500.

It’s impossible to describe how powerful it is to spend four days where the majority of people you talk with, stutter. They understand what it is like to live with a stutter every day and achieve success in life.

The NSA Annual Conference is something that can’t be described; whether online or in person, you have to experience it for yourself. In numerous workshops, sessions, and events you’ll learn about stuttering from experts, explore your attitudes toward living life as a person who stutters, make new friends, reconnect with old friends, be entertained, and feel a togetherness that you’ve never felt before.

But don’t take our word for it. Read these testimonials from recent Conference attendees.

“Meeting other people who stutter from all walks of life — some of them are very successful. It made me realize that stuttering is not going to hold me back from what I want to do in life.”

– Mark D.

“I’ve never experienced so much support for stuttering and it makes me feel like I am part of something bigger and not alone.”

– Nicole P.

“Everything changed for me when I went to my first NSA Conference at the age of twelve. I felt as if I had slipped into another world, a world that was finally made for me. I had been drowning in my stutter for so long that I had forgotten what air tasted like. At the NSA Conference, I finally found patience, kindness, and acceptance. Most importantly, I found people who understood everything that I dealt with when it came to my stutter.”

– Isabel S.

“The Conference has made me become more of who I am. It has given me more confidence in myself. It’s made me more outgoing. More social. Some of my lifelong friends are from the Conference.”

– Cathy O.

“My husband and I met amazing people [at the Conference], many of whom quickly became our friends. While all of our stories are different, we share one common bond: as a parent, you want the best for your kids, and often there are things out of your control, but you still do everything within your power to make sure they experience unconditional love, kindness, and support. That is what the NSA Conference has done for my family.”

– Denise D.

“Stuttering has given me far more than it ever could have taken away. I wouldn’t have half the friends I have today. These friends … have, literally, become my family. Once I walk into that Conference hotel, time stands still for just one fleeting moment and how unbelievable it is. You can try to use every adjective out there to explain what it means to be with 900 of the most selfless, passionate people I know, but it is asking the impossible to do that. I may crumble and be an emotional wreck at the closing banquet, but it is moments like that, which will always define my life.”

– Jess G.

“This was my sixth Conference and, once again, I have to say that it was absolutely amazing! It was even more amazing to see people across countries, cultures, and generations coming together. In the past few days, I’ve met people from Russia, Croatia, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Australia and more regions. Stuttering may be frustrating, but it’s opened me up to this world of the most loving, supporting and inspiring people I know. So, thank you, everyone!”

– Sam D.

NSA 2020 Virtual Conference

While this year’s Conference didn’t look quite the same as in years past, we were able to deliver an experience that won’t soon be forgotten! This online event offered connection, support, and education to people who stutter of all ages through interactive Zoom sessions, keynote conversations, roundtable discussions, games, and fun activities, all surrounding the theme of: Changing Lives Together.

Cancellations received prior to June 1, 2024 will receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee per attendee.
Cancellations received after June 1, 2024 are non-refundable.
The St. Louis Union Station accepts reservation cancellations with no penalty if received 72 hours prior to scheduled check in.