Stuttering Foundation

Jane Fraser, Hon. FRCSLT, serves as the president of The Stuttering Foundation of America, a position she has held since 1981. Both Jane and the Foundation have been hugely supportive of the work of ASC and the Michael Palin Centre for a number of years.

Appeal on behalf of Action for Stammering Children at The Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge, London. 24th February 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

The Stuttering Foundation of America is the oldest and largest nonprofit organisation for the prevention and treatment of stuttering, the Foundation has grown tremendously in size, scope and outreach under her leadership and direction.

Through an extensive public awareness campaign, the Foundation reaches millions each year with the message that there is help for those who stutter. Foundation materials and publications are shipped annually to 136 countries, and widely used in university classrooms to train speech-language pathologists. Conferences nationwide draw on the topmost experts in the field to further that training, improving stuttering therapy for those who struggle daily with this complex disorder that affects more than 70 million people worldwide. Foundation support for basic research into the causes of stuttering gives hope for the future.

Personal honors and awards include a past Carnegie Foundation grant for Russian studies in Russia and the Distinguished Alumnae of the Century Award, Hutchison School Centennial, 2002; the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Stuttering Association at their World Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on May 9, 2007; was chosen Nonprofit Executive of the Year by the Nonprofit Times in 2008. On Sept. 17, 2014, she received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy.

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