Join us in helping young people who stutter find their voice!

Real People. Real Progress. Real Friends.

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Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter

Join us in helping young people who stutter find their voice!

Real People. Real Progress. Real Friends.

You may be reading this because you know someone who stutters - perhaps a beloved member of your family, a colleague at your workplace, or a friend from your childhood. Or perhaps still, you stutter, and you know firsthand the unique challenges of growing up speaking differently than others. To all of our readers-- Welcome to Friends.

Here are some fast facts:

  • 1 in 100 people stutters. That’s millions of people across the world.
  • Stuttering affects the physical act of speech, but is often misunderstood as an indicator of low intelligence. This is a stigma.
  • Beneath the surface, many children who stutter experience feelings of shame, inadequacy, and fear. Even children as young as 3.
  • Support and community are the single most important factors in building confidence and self-esteem in children who stutter.
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  • Jon Rosenwasser $36

  • Timothy Frank $500

  • Barbara Amster $50

  • Nan Bernstein Ratner $100

  • Rita and Wally Thurman $300

  • Dante Tabossi Zugman $300

    We are grateful for your work and dedication. A special thanks for Noura Embabi

  • Anonymous $15

  • David Friedman $500

  • Jerome Klafta $1000

  • Anonymous $950

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You may be reading this because you know someone who stutters - perhaps a beloved member of your family, a colleague at your workplace, or a friend from your childhood. Or perhaps still, you stutter, and you know firsthand the unique challenges of growing up speaking differently than others. To all of our readers-- Welcome to Friends.

Here are some fast facts:

  • 1 in 100 people stutters. That’s millions of people across the world.
  • Stuttering affects the physical act of speech, but is often misunderstood as an indicator of low intelligence. This is a stigma.
  • Beneath the surface, many children who stutter experience feelings of shame, inadequacy, and fear. Even children as young as 3.
  • Support and community are the single most important factors in building confidence and self-esteem in children who stutter.

Imagine what a safe and accepting environment can do for young people who are uniquely vulnerable each time they speak. Think about what non-judgment and unconditional acceptance often does for those who feel alone and misunderstood. From a tentative smile, to several steps out of one’s comfort zone, we can tell you that the transformations are incredible. This is the magic that happens every year at Friends.

Friends is a place where young people who stutter and their families come together to provide support, empowerment, and education to one another. Our programs provide young people with the skills they need to advocate for themselves, become empowered, and learn to live well with their stuttering. Thanks to our generous volunteers and donors, we have touched the lives of thousands of young people who stutter over the last 20 years. Now, we turn to you to ask for your support. Join us in reaching out to all the thousands more who are still feeling isolated and alone.

Your gift can help Friends continue the work that we do. When you donate to Friends, you help organize more conferences around the country, helping us reach more young people who stutter. You ensure that more parents are able to provide support for their children who stutter. You provide the resources that will spread awareness and education about stuttering. You help us to continue our beloved programs, each uniquely designed to provide support and empowerment to children and families.

Think about it:

Because of you, Claire will summon the courage to raise her hand in class to ask a question.

Because of you, Michael will meet other kids just like him who also stutter, and know he is not alone.

Because of you, Joey’s mom will know that stuttering doesn’t have to prevent her son from becoming anything he wants to.

When you donate, you empower another child to grab a hold of his life and overcome the obstacles in his way. Your gift is your demonstration that when we work together, we can help children who stutter find their voice.

Please donate today.

Learn more about Friends at www.friendswhostutter.org