2020 Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) Conference goes virtual – November 7 and 8, 2020

The following item is from the August 2020 newsletter of the Canadian Stuttering Association:

Category: News Items
Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Written by CSA Admin

For the last several weeks, the Canadian Stuttering Association’s board of directors and advisory board members closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic and made decisions about how it might affect the 2020 CSA Conference, set to take place this November in Niagara Falls, ON.

As always, our priority is your safety and well-being. Based on information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others, it’s clear we cannot hold the conference in person as originally planned.

This conference is needed now more than ever

We know many of you are seeking connection, support, and resources now more than ever before. You’ve been leveraging online tools, support groups, and other resources to stay connected. It’s inspiring to see the way our national and international stuttering community is coming together online. With all of this in mind, we feel the 2020 CSA Conference, with its community-minded theme of “Branching Out,” is needed now more than ever. We hope you and your families from across Canada and the U.S. will join us as we take our signature event virtual!

Why the virtual CSA Conference is a can’t-miss event

This will not be just a fancy webinar. There will be keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking in online spaces and other virtual gathering spots. There will be learning, connection and, as you can expect with any CSA event, there will be fun! In these stressful times, laughter and community are essential. The 2020 CSA Conference will still take place 7-8 November, though you can expect some schedule adjustments. We’ll have more details on that in the coming weeks.

For those who have already submitted workshop proposals, we will be reviewing those proposals and will be contacting those individuals in the next month or so. In addition, we have extended our workshop proposal deadline for our virtual conference to September 15 in hopes of attracting speakers who may not have been able to travel to an in-person conference.

Please stay tuned to your email, the CSA website, and our social media channels for the latest information.

Let’s get ready to branch out – virtually!

We’re excited about going virtual this year, and hope you are too. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world today, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure the 2020 CSA Conference will continue to be one of the bright spots you can look forward to.

Stay tuned for more details and we’ll see you this November…online! In the meantime, visit the conference website at for the most up-to-date information on the virtual conference.

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History of the CSA

A glimpse of the history of CSA can be accessed here.

A key ingredient in the history has been the institution – right from the start, when it’s easiest to institute – of a culture of leadership succession, which began with the development of the constitution and bylaws after the founding of the association. The associated was founded as the outcome of the first-ever national conference of people who stutter, which took place in Banff in 1991.

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