From the Editor  |   January 2012
Oxford Dysfluency Conference: An International Gathering
 
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From the Editor   |   January 2012
Oxford Dysfluency Conference: An International Gathering
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2012, Vol. 43, 1. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/ed-01)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2012, Vol. 43, 1. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/ed-01)
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Late last summer, before starting my 30th year of teaching at the University of Oregon, I traveled to England to attend my first Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC). For many years, I had heard uniformly positive comments about this scientific meeting, held every 3 years at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, to discuss the latest research on the nature and treatment of stuttering. To my delight, this year’s event, the 9th ODC, easily lived up to its stellar reputation.
An international gathering, the conference was attended by more than 200 researchers, clinicians, and students from around the world, representing 32 different countries (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States). Attendees brought diverse sets of cultural and educational backgrounds and belief systems, and all were greeted with genuine respect and enthusiasm. Organized by David Rowley (de Mortfort University, Leicester) and Sharon Millard (Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, London), the 9th ODC was billed as a meeting that actively encouraged collegial debate and open discussion about stuttering in a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment, where all who attended would feel supported and comfortable expressing their thoughts, opinions, and beliefs.
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