Greeting from the President
The Japan Society of Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders (JSSFD) was established in 2013. Four years have now passed. The election for the Board of Directors has been carried out. I am honored to serve again as the President.
I am confident in my enthusiasm for research and clinical work related to stuttering and other fluency disorders. However, I have to admit that I am uncertain about my ability to manage the organization. Therefore, I really need the cooperation, constructive criticism, and encouragement of the members and others who are interested in this field in order to improve and move forward the situation of people with stuttering and other fluency disorders in Japan.
I feel somewhat optimistic when I see TV programs or movies that deal with stuttering, such as “The King’s Speech”, “Love Song” (Fuji Television Network, Inc.), and “Barrier-Free Variety Show” on NHK TV (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). I think that such programs could make people aware of stuttering more than ever. Also, a variety of information about stuttering can be obtained on the Internet and publications.
It seems that stuttering and fluency disorders are becoming more common topics, compared to the past.
Nevertheless, parents of children who stutter still feel anxious about their children, no matter whether they live in big cities like Tokyo or in rural areas.
Therefore, JSSFD surely has an important role in improving the understanding of stuttering and other fluency disorders, and ultimately, the advancement of the QOL of those involved.
There are two possible changes that could be made in JSSFD. First, people who stutter could be regular members of the society and play important roles in its activities. Second, a discussion style could be used at the Congress, in which a single theme could be freely discussed from diverse standpoints, without a strict time limit.
People who stutter could be included as regular members of the society without much difficulty, because we did that 10 years before JSSFD was established when we held an annual stuttering conference. Having open discussions at the Congress may cause some problems, because JSSFD is an academic society, and so it has a certain academic formality. It is my hope that the wisdom of the members will enable us to develop strategies in order to solve any new problems associated with these two worthwhile goals.
JSSFD has gradually been formalized as an academic society. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the presidents of the annual congresses and the congress committees, four congresses have already been held successfully.
Moreover, short courses and open courses were held before and after the- congresses. Many participants wrote to tell us about their appreciation of those programs.
Instructions for authors publishing in the journal have implemented.
We are also pleased to inform you that a logo for JSSFD was decided last year.
The 5th Congress is to be held in Gifu prefecture in 2017, and the 6th, in 2018, in Hiroshima prefecture.
The congress in Hiroshima is expected to be co-hosted by the International Fluency Association, the International Cluttering Association, and the International Stuttering Association. The details of the Congress are not yet determined, but I am sure that it will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the circumstances of stuttering all over the world, and to update Japanese about the situation worldwide.
JSSFD cannot exist without the participation of its members. Please plan to join not only our domestic meetings but also the international congresses, which are seldom held in Japan. We look forward to seeing you in Gifu and Hiroshima.
Taiko Nagasawa (President)