The THIRTEENTH International Stuttering Awareness Day online conference, “People Who Stutter: INSPIRE!” hosted by Judith Kuster, Emeritus Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato opens October 1, 2010, and can be found on the top of the Stuttering Home Page (http://www.stutteringhomepage.com).
The online conference features several papers written by well-known professionals and consumers (people who stutter) from around the world. During the three weeks the conference is “live”, from October 1-22, participants can read papers and interact with the presenters on easy-to-use threaded discussions attached to each paper. Papers remain available online after the conference has ended and all past conferences are archived and available at http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/isadarchive/onlineconference.html
Consumers (people who stutter, their friends, families, and employers) find many papers interesting, helpful and inspiring. Stuttering support groups often assign specific papers to read and discuss at their meetings.
Clinicians find valuable papers for clients to read and additional ideas for treatment. Both clients and clinicians have access to several professionals where they can ask questions (on The Prof is In).
Many professors teaching fluency disorders courses include the online conference by encouraging or requiring student participation. A good idea on how to do this was provided by Charlie Osborne a couple years ago (http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/teaching/syllabi/osborne2006/isadassignment.htm).
The ISAD online conference is FREELY AVAILABLE or can be taken for Continuing Education (15 hours/1.5 CEUs) or one university credit (either graduate or undergraduate). A certificate is awarded for CEUs.
Course instructions, requirements and registration information are online at http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/isadarchive/requirements.html
For additional information about the course or registration, contact: Carol Myhre at [email protected] or voice mail 507-389-3250.