SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, advocacy and life-changing experiences for young people who stutter, ages 3-18.
Over 70 million people worldwide stutter, including 5% of all children. Children who stutter often face daily ridicule, teasing and bullying, and resort to silence to hide their stutter. Many will withdraw from peers, teachers, and society, leaving them feeling isolated and alone.
Since 2001, SAY has offered comprehensive and innovative programs that address the physical, social, and emotional impacts of stuttering: Through summer camp, regional day camps, speech therapy and creative arts programming, SAY builds a community of acceptance, friendship, and encouragement where young people who stutter can develop the confidence and communication skills they need to thrive.
- Camp SAY: Our 2-week summer camp combines a traditional, sleep-away camp experience with specialized programs and activities that promote self-esteem, engagement, and life-long friendships.
- Camp SAY Across the USA: Regional day camps that bring the Camp SAY experience to cities across the US. Young people have endless fun while meeting and developing relationships with other kids who stutter in their hometowns.
- Speech Therapy: SAY’s Speech Therapy program is led by Speech-Language Pathologists who have specialized experience with a practical and holistic approach to stuttering therapy that addresses the individual needs and goals of each child.
- Confident Voices: Our ground-breaking, after-school and weekend creative programming employs the arts to inspire expression and imagination, encourage collaboration and connection, and celebrate the voices of kids and teens who stutter.
So many incredible young people have come to SAY in despair. We have been uplifted by their courage and the transformation that occurs when children who stutter can express themselves fully and understand that stuttering should never hold them back from achieving their dreams.
"We believe that every young person who stutters has a voice that matters and it is a voice that deserves to be heard."
When you support SAY, you make anything possible in the life of a child who stutters. With your help, SAY is able to provide life-changing programming to children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Over 90% of SAY families are in need of financial assistance. To date, no child has ever been turned away due to an inability to pay. Your support helps ensure this important and essential legacy.