Stuck in a Stutter?14 min read . Updated: 15 Feb 2010, 10:46 PM IST
Stuck in a Stutter?
Ssssachin—that’s how Satyendra Srivastava, a community health consultant based in Herbertpur (near Dehradun), signs his emails, with a good-humoured dig at his own nickname. He is also coordinator-at-large of The Indian Stammering Association (Tisa) and founder-trustee of the Indian Stammering Association (ISA). Established in April 2008, Tisa, a self-help organization for people who stammer (PWS) has helped—in person (through local workshops and self-help groups), over the telephone, email and Skype, through school visits—around 500 individuals across the country since then, according to Dr Srivastava. It is just the tip of a rather large iceberg of an issue—a common metaphor among PWS. And it probably would not have come into being even as late as 2008 without the efforts of one particularly active PWS—UK-based Keith Boss, founder of ISA.