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June Survey: One Simple Question

This month, we are launching a survey with one simple question; how can we help more people who stutter in Australia?  

Please keep in mind that we are a volunteer based organisation and while I cannot commit to all of the items submitted to be actioned, I will review the submissions with our National Council and Advisory Board.

The survey will be open until the end of the month.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe653y6YCCeKNwO2PEoK_DUa0IZ3v-FqQQ2dlE1jnExXlz_cw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Speak Freely Virtual Meetup: 21 June 2021

This is a casual online event for anyone who has an interest in stuttering, including people who stutter, families, speech pathologists (and students) and friends.

Come and speak freely using whatever tools you want to (or don’t want to) use without judgement. Share your stories and journey.

Please visit speakeasy.org.au/virtual for details and registration link for the next Virtual Meetup.

When I Stutter Virtual Screening

“Stuttering can have a profound emotional impact on one’s life. In making WHEN I STUTTER, I was astounded by the honesty and candor with which the interviewees express themselves. From the depths of hopelessness to the heights of redemption, these stories will change how you view stuttering.”
John Gomez – Director, WHEN I STUTTER

Trailer

https://keeneyeproductions.com/when_i_stutter_documentary/

Join us for a free virtual screening of this film (family friendly version)

20 May 2021 at 7pm Queensland time zone

Registration required

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqf-msqTsuG9GZa9UHyADgId4GHlw8uAz8

Speak Freely Virtual Meetup: 17 May 2021

This is a casual online event for anyone who has an interest in stuttering, including people who stutter, families, speech pathologists (and students) and friends.

Come and speak freely using whatever tools you want to (or don’t want to) use without judgement. Share your stories and journey.

Please visit speakeasy.org.au/virtual for details and registration link for the next Virtual Meetup.

World Stuttering Network presents StutterFEST 2021



The Australian Speak Easy Association is excited to be part of StutterFEST 2021, presented by the World Stuttering Network. The program can be downloaded from the link above and FAQs are below.

TOP 5 Questions about StutterFEST:

Q. What is StutterFEST?  

• A celebration of our worldwide stuttering community.

• Opportunity to meet people who stutter and those who support them from around the world

Q.  Who will be on our virtual stage?

• Organizations (national, world, virtual)

• Top Researchers from around the world!

• SEAtalk (Stuttering, Education, Advocacy) Keynote Speakers

• World-renowned Podcasters with a LIVE broadcast

Q.  Does it cost anything? Will I be asked for a donation?  No.  

      Stuttering support groups don’t cost anything.

Q.  How long is it?  Do I have to attend the whole event?

• 20 hours.  

• Starts at 10am (London)…5am (New York)…7pm Sydney

• Join anytime.  Stay as long as you like.

Q.  How do I join?

• Here’s the registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtfuqtrjguH9fU7FcAieHmDSPBXNzJu4-v

• YouTube Live streaming

• Link will be posted everywhere as we get closer to the event.

BONUS QUESTION: Is this just a bunch of speakers all day?  No way!  Plenty of opportunity for engagement and interaction all day long.

ASEA April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 update from the Australian Speak Easy Association.  Last month, I announced that our National Speak Freely Virtual Meetups would be twice per month.  I also made an attempt at setting up recurring meetings in an attempt to simplify things.  Unfortunately, sometimes trying to take a short cut results in a longer journey.  The National Speak Freely Virtual Meetup will continue at once per month but I will attempt to hold a second meetup where time permits.  We are also going back to simply registering for the next meetup.  

We have also launched a Twitter page while still maintaining our Facebook page.  Both platforms will generally have the same information.  Don’t forget to check the News section on our website as well.

twitter.com/AusSpeakEasy

I’m also happy to announce that our National Conference will once again be online for 2021.  Stay tuned for more details.  In case you missed our 2020 Online Conference, you can catch up on some of the presentations on our website:

speakeasy.org.au/2020-conference-presentations

Thank you for your support and interest in the Australian Speak Easy Association.

Vikesh Anand
National President 

Stuttering in School: Young Perspectives

Check out this stuttering awareness and educational film made by young people with a stutter in New Zealand as they share their experiences with the school environment. 

Stuttering: Young Kiwis share their stories will take you on a journey with 11 young people (aged 9 to 18 years) to help you understand the unique experiences of young Kiwis who stutter. In this 15-minute film, they share their stories about stuttering both in and out of the school environment, to make the world an easier place for people who stutter. Educational, and sometimes emotional, this film will provide you with insights into the lives of people who stutter. The stories these generous young Kiwis share will help you to learn what you can do to support people who stutter. This film will be of particular value to teachers or others who care about people who stutter.

Speak Freely Virtual Meetup

This is a casual online event for anyone who has an interest in stuttering, including people who stutter, families, speech pathologists (and students) and friends.

Come and speak freely using whatever tools you want to (or don’t want to) use without judgement. Share your stories and journey.

Next Meetup

5 April 2021 at 7pm Queensland time zone

Registration required

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Zoom will be used for the video call but an account is not required to join. 


Worldwide Virtual Meetup for Youth Who Stutter

The World Stuttering Network (WSN) is hosting a Youth Committee virtual meetup.

Please email events@speakeasy.org.au for the Zoom link.

20 February 2021

8pm – Brisbane, QLD, Australia

10am – London, UK

5am – Miami, FL, USA

What the Youth Committee does:

• World Friending Pair up for one-on-one conversations with kids who stutter (KWS) & parents from around the world!

• Panel discussion with a few adults who stutter.  Kids ask the questions!

• Games if time allows

What to expect:

• No one talks unless THEY want to. 

• Use of chat is totally cool.

How do we keep this safe for kids?

• All cameras are turned on

• A parent/guardian is on screen with the KWS.

Make new friends & have fun with the WSN Youth Committee!