The Australian Speak Easy Association (ASEA) was initially formed as the Speak Easy Association in 1980 in NSW as a support and maintenance group for people who stutter who had participated in the Smooth Speech therapy program. In 1985, the national body known as the Australian Speak Easy Association was formed as other states began to offer similar support and maintenance groups for the Smooth Speech program.
Today the ASEA offers support to all people who stutter, regardless of therapy affiliation or people who haven’t participated in any form of speech therapy. The Smooth Speech maintenance groups still exist in many parts of the country but we also have new Speak Freely meetup groups in some cities, which are casual events for people with an interest in stuttering. People come along and speak freely, using whatever tools they want or don’t want to use. There is no judgment as we share our stories and journeys.