The International Stuttering Association (ISA) is pleased to announce it will be hosting ISAD 2014, continuing the many years of hard work by Judy Kuster, who announced her retirement from the International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) Online Conference last year.  A small team made up to Anita Blom, Dan Hudock, Keith Boss and Bruce Imhoff will coordinate this event.

We are now calling for papers and for people to participate in the ‘Ask the Experts’ for the 2014 ISAD Online Conference.  We may have already made contact with you about the online conference.  The purpose of this message is to explain our requirements and deadlines for content.

The 2014 Online Conference will start October 1 and finish October 22, on ISAD, to coincide with many events around the world.  We’re including a ‘summary’ page for associations to record what activities their association is doing for ISAD in 2014.

The 2014 theme is ‘We speak with one voice!’.  If you don’t see the image with this message, you can also see it at the website

We kindly ask you to post and spread the logo and this message through your networks.

We welcome papers from not only people who stutter (PWS) and professionals (SLPs/SLTs), but also from those who are the partners, parents, children, colleagues and other people who support PWS.  We ask for people to commit in a number of ways.

1.  Write a paper.
Write a paper (in English) of not more than 3000 words.  Please provide a title. Shorter documents are also welcome, in the format of a paper, a piece of poetry or something else.  If you quote or use material from another person, please cite the reference at the bottom of the paper.  Papers must be submitted not later than August 31 and should be provided in text (TXT), rich text format (RTF) or Word (DOC/X) format.  Images may also be included, but please use RTF or DOC/X formats only if you are including images (for context).  Special fonts should not be used, as all papers will be presented in one style.  All papers will be assessed by the team, who may speak with the author where necessary.  Please do not use complex formatting, if you have something complex to include, convert it into an image and send the image as part of your paper.

2. Make a video or audio presentation.

Record audio to be loaded to the website.  Audio must be in the format .mp3, .m4a, .ogg or .wav.  OR
Record video to be loaded to be website via YouTube.  Videos emailed to us cannot be loaded into the website, so please load them to YouTube and send us the link to the video.

Include a short summary of the content.  EG. A video by Joe Blow about how his stutter made him a better person.

3. Contribute to ISAD through…
We are also looking for new and unique ways of expressing your stories through social media platforms and circles, in a way that can be easily shared through the ISAD Online Conference.  For example, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Twitter… or something else, get it touch with us about your ideas!

4. Be an ‘expert’.
As in previous ISAD Online Conferences, we will provide a space for participants to ask questions of Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) professionals and other experts in the field.  Experts will need to monitor the questions in the ‘Ask an expert…’ forum.

5. Write about ISAD in your country.
Write a short summary about what your association is doing for ISAD.  One of the points of the ISAD Online Conference is to raise awareness of ISAD and find out what others are doing.  If your association is doing something for ISAD, please let us know;

  • your country
  • your association’s name
  • what you are doing for the ISAD this year
  • include any venues, dates and times of activities, so others in your country can support you!

Send all emails/papers/requests, including your contact details, to, so we can contact you if we need to.  All papers are due by August 31.  If you intend to submit a paper can you please let us know.  Late papers cannot be accepted.

The committee has the right to deny, shorten or adjust anything submitted for the ISAD Online Conference.

For all participants in the conference we ask you to

  • Provide a short bio about yourself (not more than 150 words) with a picture of you (head/face) as an introduction of who you are and your background.
  • During the online conference, monitor the page where your paper is stored and respond to comments made by others on a regular basis.

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

Kind regards

The ISAD Online Conference Team