The National Stuttering Association acknowledges that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices and policies require ongoing learning and reflection. The NSA’s DEI policies are guided by our mission and rooted in our values. Through sustainable and tangible DEI practices, the NSA’s ability to carry out its mission is strengthened.
The NSA views diversity through the wide lens of many experiences including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, military background, able-bodiedness, language and fluency.
When equity exists all perspectives are acknowledged, considered and encouraged and allow for agency and power when making decisions.
Inclusion exists when space is provided for everyone to equally voice their perspective, regardless of background, when making decisions.
The National Stuttering Association (NSA) champions diversity, equity, and inclusion as values that are seamlessly woven into the fabric of what we do every day. The NSA actively seek to invite people of different experiences to consider leadership positions within the NSA. We strive to include and welcome marginalized groups and those who stutter with different intersectionality points. The NSA recognizes that the stuttering community includes a wide range of people, including people who stutter, family and allies of people who stutter, and professionals who work with, and advocate for, people who stutter. All differences are welcome and valued.
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are evident in our daily scope of work. Resources offered to people who stutter and allies who do not stutter are available to any member of the stuttering community. Print resources, webinars and virtual meetings offered by the NSA reflect the value and significance of being fair and equitable to all in the stuttering community and demonstrates that the NSA looks like the community we support.
The NSA understand how embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as an organizational value helps intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish. As such, we will continue to develop recruiting strategies to ensure we attract, nurture and retain staff, volunteers and board members who reflect the diversity we seek. We will adopt DEI best practices into our programming and community engagement.
As a fundamental component of our commitment to DEI, the NSA adheres to a comprehensive non-discrimination policy. We do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religious or spiritual affiliation or non-religious or spiritual affiliation, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, health, source of income, urban or rural geographic connection, familial class, immigration status, or status as a veteran in our employment practices, community engagements and activities.