Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has dealt with stuttering, was honored by the American Institute for Stuttering at a gala event Tuesday in New York.
Blank shared his story at the Fifth Annual Freeing Voices Changing Lives benefit. Actress Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Queen Victoria), also an AIS board member, hosted the event.
“The King’s Speech has thrust the plight of stuttering into the spotlight and it has been an enormous boost to stutterers because it demonstrates that anyone can have a stuttering disorder – even a King,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“It has also been a great promotional benefit for AIS because it has drawn attention to the comprehensive programs that we provide for members and their families.”
About American Institute for Stuttering (AIS):
AIS was founded in 1998 by Catherine Montgomery (1951-2010), who was an internationally recognized speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience dedicated exclusively to the study and treatment of stuttering. AIS is the only non-profit organization in the United States that offers specialized speech therapy to people who stutter of all ages, and guidance to their families. AIS provides much needed clinical training in stuttering to speech-language pathologists and students. The mission extends to advance public and scholarly understanding of this often misunderstood disorder.
For more information http://www.stutteringtreatment.org
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog