Our 2013 gala was an unprecedented success!

On June 3, 2013, we held our 7th annual Freeing Voices, Changing Lives Benefit Gala. We've recently updated our events page with a summary of the gala, and we've also published more than 100 photos for you to view and download. Click on the image below to view and download your favorites. If you are [...]

Congratulations to Lazaro Arbos!

Last night, one of the many American Idol auditions was that of a very brave person who stutters. No doubt, it was the featured audition of the night. Lazaro Arbos has stuttered since he was six years old. He and his family moved from Cuba to Florida when he was ten. He is now 21 years old and [...]

International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference

As you may know, International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is later this month, on October 22, 2012. ISAD began in 1998, and was spear-headed by Michael Sugarman, Oakland, California. ISAD recognizes the growing alliance between speech-language professionals and consumers, who are learning from each other and working together to share, give support, and educate one [...]

The 5th Annual Benefit Gala for the American Institute for Stuttering: Articles, Photos, Videos

The 5th Annual Benefit Gala for the American Institute for Stuttering was held Tuesday night, and it was a marvelous evening that celebrated people who stutter and raised funds that will help change lives. We would like to thank a multitude of friends for making the event a smashing success, including honorees Arthur M. Blank [...]

Harvey Weinstein Explains Re-Releasing The King’s Speech: PG-13

The release of The King's Speech: PG-13 found resistance among some critics who wondered if it was just a ploy for padding box office sales. Harvey Weinstein, head of The Weinstein Company, recently responded to these insinuations in an article for The Daily Beast, where he reveals his motivations for re-releasing The King's [...]

The King’s Speech: Rated PG-13 – Now in Theaters

The King's Speech, winner of four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), has been re-released with a new family-friendly version. The new version, titled The King's Speech: Rated PG-13, allows young people to watch the moving story of King George VI of England and his struggle with stuttering. "We are thankful to the MPAA for their [...]

‘The King’s Speech’ Reigns at the 83rd Academy Awards

The American Institute for Stuttering would like to congratulate The King's Speech on winning its four Academy Awards – Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Picture! David Seidler, the film's screenwriter and a person who stutters, conceived the film after being inspired by the story of George VI of England [...]

Clarence Page and Chamonix Sikora discuss stuttering on CNN

On Saturday, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page and AIS Executive Director Chamonix Sikora appeared on CNN to discuss stuttering. As discussed in this space before, AIS is happy to have Clarence as a member of our Board of Directors. The film The King's Speech provided a backdrop for the discussion. The movie has also lit [...]

Chamonix Olsen Sikora and Dr. Barry Guitar on the Leonard Lopate Show

On Friday, AIS Executive Director Chamonix Olsen Sikora joined Dr. Barry Guitar from the University of Vermont on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss stuttering and the recent release  of "The King's Speech." The movie, Starring Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, has created an enormous amount of media attention. [...]