Feburary Meeting Summary:

 Hey NSA family!
On Monday February 22nd, the Austin chapter of the National Stuttering Association met for out monthly chapter meeting. 5 members attended, including 4 people who stutter and 1 professional in the field. After reading the opening words, we each introduced ourselves in turn, which lead us into a discussion about the role of stuttering in each of our current lives. We talked about about what it means to accept oneself as a person who stutters and explored how the concept of acceptance and a drive to still seek to improve our fluency can fit together. This was a great discussion with everyone sharing candidly about their own experience. I shared this poem, which resonated with me in regard to my journey with stuttering: 

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters 
by Portia Nelson 

From “There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk” 
Chapter One 
I walk down the street. 
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. 
I fall in. 
I am lost . . . I am helpless. 
It isn’t my fault . . . It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter Two 
I walk down the same street. 
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. 
I pretend I don’t see it. 
I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. 
But it isn’t my fault. 
It still takes a long time to get out. 
Chapter Three 
I walk down the same street. 
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. 
I see it there. 
I still fall . . . it’s a habit . . . but, My eyes are open. 
I know where I am. 
It is my fault. 
I get out immediately. 
Chapter Four 
I walk down the same street. 
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it. 
Chapter Five 
I walk down another street

I love that poem! Adam read the closing words to conclude a great meeting. 
Mark your calendars for our next formal chapter meeting on March 28th. Also, look for an e-mail soon about a fun event in the next couple of weeks. I hope you're all doing well and hope to see you soon! 

    ​As a chapter of the National Stuttering Association, the largest support group in the United States for people who stutter, we are part of a tremendous organization.
    The NSA was formed in 1977 and is comprised of about 100 local chapters around the country. Through local chapter meetings, regional workshops, and national conferences, the NSA brings hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter. It also serves as an advocate for the stuttering community, working to raise public awareness of this misunderstood condition.
    The NSA Austin Chapter was re-launched in the spring of 2009. Both our adult, teen, and youth chapters provide a safe and supportive place for people who stutter to practice their speech, to meet and befriend others who intimately understand the challenges of this complex disorder, and to gain new personal and communication skills.
    We also welcome family members and friends of people who stutter, speech-language pathologists, and anyone interested in stuttering to attend our meetings and activities.​

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Our Chapter was recently voted "Chapter of the Year" at the annual NSA meeting in Baltimore! It is a great privilege to win this award. We pride ourselves in trying to be the best in creating an environment where people who stutter can speak freely, learn techniques, and meet other people who stutter. 

As you saw from the home page picture, Mona's book "Turning Points" is officially released! If you are interested in purchasing the book, please go HERE. 100% of the proceeds go to the National Stuttering Association.

Mona was also recently on the podcast   "Stutter Rock Star." To listen to her interview, please click HERE.

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