Stuttering Association for the Young in Australia (Ep. 699)

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Rich Stephens joins Chaya Goldstein to discuss the expansion of the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) into Australia. Rich shares what’s been happening “down under” and some personal points that have kept him going through this demanding and exciting time.

Rich Stephens is a person who stutters and is the President and Programming Director of SAY: Australia, the first International arm of SAY: The Stuttering Association For The Young founded in 2001 in NYC by Taro Alexander. Prior to launching SAY: Australia in June 2019, Rich lived in Manchester, UK. Rich spent 6 years working as a Psychiatric Nurse, and his work in the field of Mental Health took him to all parts of the UK, Dublin-Ireland, and Wellington New Zealand. Rich completed his BSc studies in Speech & Language Therapy and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging at the University of Manchester. During his BSc studies, Rich first volunteered at Camp SAY in 2015 as a bunk counsellor, and fast forwarded several years later is now bringing a new approach to supporting young people who stutter in Australia.