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International Stuttering Awareness Day
Online Conference, 2021

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Welcome to the 24th ISAD Online Conference #ISAD2021!  The conference runs from October 1 until October 31 During the conference we will all celebrate International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22.

This year’s theme is “Speak the change you wish to see”.

Walking around in the world today, we don’t need to go far to see things that we wish were different. That may be different for each of us but one solemn truth remains. Change begins with us. It is difficult for the world to change without someone being a leading force or providing a new idea.

While many of the ideas surrounding Stuttering Awareness can share a similar theme, this year we invite you to write and share about your experiences and the change that you wish to see in the world. And by extension, how you have lived up to that standard or how you propose we can accomplish that. We all gain insight and further understanding when we share in each other’s journey’s and point of view. 

Share with us in any which way: written papers, graphic research results, videos, photo slides, cartoons, poems, children’s drawings, and any other expressive creations on the theme. Through this year’s conference we offer you a stage to ‘Speak the change you wish to see’. 

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Instructions for Submissions

Requirements for submissions to the International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference

All submissions must be emailed to

Welcome to the International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) Online Conference, October 1-31, 2021, celebrating the 24th time the Online Conference has been held! An enthusiastic team made up of Anita Blom, Hanan Hurwitz, McKenzie Jemmett, Scott Palasik, Pamela Mertz, Tiffani Kittelstved, Rob Dellinger, Jaime Michise, Elias Apreko and Bruce Imhoff will coordinate this year’s  event, continuing the hard work of Judy Kuster who ran previous Online Conferences.

This year, the Online Conference will start October 1 and finish October 31, acknowledging the  many events around the world on October 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day.

We are calling for submissions:

  • for the ISAD Online Conference
  • for associations to record activities their associations are doing for International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22 on ‘ISAD Around the World.’

This message explains the requirements and deadlines for content.

We welcome submissions from not only People Who Stutter (PWS) and professionals in the field of stuttering (for example, SLPs/SLTs and researchers), but also from those who are the partners, parents, children, teachers, colleagues and other people who support PWS.

Your submission must be aligned with the theme. Where the link between your submission and the theme is unclear, authors will be asked to provide additional descriptive text explaining the relationship between the submission and the theme. If the submission is not aligned with the theme, your submission might be rejected.

The review panel will maintain the ethical and moral integrity of the conference. Submissions with a primary focus of the author’s own work (for example therapy, book, device) with an intent to promote said work for personal or business gain will be rejected outright.

We ask for people to commit in a number of ways.

  1. Write a paper.
    • Write a paper (in English). These submissions MUST be 2000 words or less.  You are welcome to submit shorter documents.
    • Please provide a title.
    • Your submission must be directly aligned with the theme.
    • Submissions, in the format of a piece of poetry, a song, a drawing or something else are also welcome.
    • If you quote or use material from another person, please cite the reference at the bottom of the paper (APA referencing is preferred).
    • Papers must be submitted by August 31 and should be provided in text (TXT), rich text format (RTF) or Word (DOC/X) format.  Do not submit PDF. Images can be included.  Special fonts should not be used, as all papers will be presented in the same style. 
    • The team will assess all submissions and may ask for clarification, shortening or rewording if necessary.  
    • Please do not use complex formatting or language, as many visitors may not be native speakers of English.  If you have something visually complex to include, convert it into an image and send the image attached to your submission.

    Make an audio or video presentation.

    • Record audio (in English) to be loaded to the website.
    • Your submission must be directly aligned with the theme.
    • Audio must be in the format .mp3, .m4a, .ogg or .wav.
    • Audio recordings must not be more than seven minutes in duration.


    • Record a video (or PowerPoint presentation, slideshow or similar, in English or with English subtitles) to be loaded to the website via YouTube.
    • Your submission must be directly aligned with the theme.
    • We cannot accept large video files sent by email, so please upload them to YouTube and send us the link to the video.
    • Video recordings must not be more than seven minutes in duration.
    • For audio or video recordings, you must include a short summary of the content.  For example, ‘A video by Joe Smith about how his stutter made him a better person.
  1. Contribute to the Online Conference through other mediums. (eg. poems, drawings, songs)

    We are always looking for new and unique ways of expressing your stories through social media or other methods, in a way that can be easily shared through the ISAD Online Conference.  For example, Facebook, Vines, Instagram, Twitter… or something else, get in touch with us about your ideas!
  2. Write about the International Stuttering Awareness Day event(s) in your country.

    Write a short summary about what your association is doing for the ISAD (or send a max 3 min video). One of the points of the Online Conference is to raise awareness of International Stuttering Awareness Day and find out what others are doing.  If your association is doing something special, please let us know;

    • your country
    • your group’s name, if affiliated with a group
    • what you are doing for International Stuttering Awareness Day this year
    • include any venues, dates and times of activities, so others in your country can support you!

Send all emails/submissions/requests, including your contact details, to, so we can contact you if we need to.  All submissions are due by August 31, 2021.  If you intend to submit please let us know as soon as possible so we can prepare for the number of submissions.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

For all presenters in the conference we ask you to:

  • Provide a short bio about yourself (not more than 150 words) with a picture of your head/face attached to the file, as an introduction of who you are and your background.
  • During the Online Conference, you will need to monitor the page where your submission is stored and respond to comments made by others every few days.

We look forward to your contribution to the ISAD Online Conference this year!

Kind regards

The International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference Team

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Instructions for participants

The contributions in this conference reflect professional and consumer interests about stuttering and are presented by many different countries. Each submission has a threaded discussion at the bottom of the page for your comments and questions. Authors of the submissions will respond as they wish. Feel free to post your questions/comments at any time and check back for a response from the author.

You can enter the conference by clicking on the top menu bar and read the content. If you would like to comment or ask a question you must login – you can register or login using your Facebook, Twitter or Google, as shown on the login/register pages.  If you are not already registered, you must register first.  Login and register options appear on the right navigation bar. We have a login requirement to help us prevent spam, duplication and inappropriate posts. It is much harder to manage these after the fact than it is to manage proactively.

If you are posting comments on a submission, please check previous comments to be sure your question hasn’t already been asked. Also please check the replies to comments by others, as the authors give a lot of information, tips and ideas that might be interesting and useful for you.

As in previous Online Conferences, we will provide a space for participants to ask questions to Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals in the field.  The professionals will monitor the questions in the ‘Talk to a Professional’ forum.

We will also provide a space for participants to ask questions to PWS, a section where you can ask PWS about their lives, work, coping skills, advice, etc. The PWS will monitor the questions in the ‘Talk to a PWS’ forum.

For those of you using the ‘Talk to a Professional’, the ‘Talk to a PWS’  and the ‘ISAD Around the World’ pages, please read the instructions on each introduction page before posting to that topic.

You can see and comment on submissions between October 1 and October 31.  After October 31 you can still see submissions but you cannot comment.

People reading the pages of this Online Conference may not have English as their first language. An automated translation service can be found on the right side of each page of this website.  To use it on a specific page, click the preferred language. From that point on, all pages you select will translate into your selected language.

Please keep comments relevant and in context of the current discussion.  If you have a question that is not directly related to a submission or existing topic in ‘Talk to a Professional/PWS’, please create a new post in the ‘Talk to a Professional/PWS’ topic.

Contributors to the conference are solely responsible for the information they provide. The Online Conference team is responsible only for the accuracy of the information provided by contributors. The authors’ submissions will be permanently archived on the International Stuttering Awareness Day site pages for future reference.

We hope you enjoy the conference!

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The International Stuttering Awareness Day, ISAD, (October 22) began in 1998, spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD recognizes the growing alliance between SLPs and consumers, who are learning from each other and working together to share, give support, and educate one another and the general public on the impact that stuttering has on individuals’ lives. Online Conferences, organized by Judy Kuster, have been an integral part of International Stuttering Awareness Day since its inception. 

Judy Kuster, currently emeritus professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, put together the ISAD Online Conference every year since its inception in 1998 up to and including 2012, when Judy retired from chairing these wonderful conferences.  Judy continues her work managing the Stuttering Home Page.

A global team has formed, made up of Anita Blom, Hanan Hurwitz, McKenzie Jemmett, Pamela Mertz, Scott Palasik, Tiffani Kittelstved, Rob Dellinger and Jaime Michise to produce, run and moderate the ISAD Online Conference. We hope we can live up to the high expectations of previous conference attendees.

Our vision: As a worldwide conference, we celebrate a wealth of perspectives and stories as we unite to raise awareness and work towards ‘creating a world that understands, accepts, and supports people who stutter’. 

Our mission: The mission of the ISAD Online Conference is to carry on a tradition of education by offering a conference-type experience in the form of personal stories, videos, creative expression, therapy ideas, and research, along with ongoing discussions about stuttering.  This conference connects people who stutter and their allies, encouraging meaningful dialogue around stuttering and allowing us to learn from a diversity of voices.

From October 1, submissions will be published on a variety of topics related to stuttering. An online forum, ‘Talk to a Professional’ and ‘Talk to a PWS’, will also be available, where you can ask questions of professionals in the field of stuttering as well as PWS. You will also find a section “ISAD Around the World” where people can post and comment on different activities on, or around, the ISAD.

For participants who need some basic information about stuttering, please read about Stuttering from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Additional information is available on the Stuttering Home Page.

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