Blank honored by the American Institute for Stuttering

Falcons owner Arthur Blank shared his story about overcoming stuttering Tuesday in New York. (Curtis Compton/

Falcons owner Arthur Blank shared his story about overcoming stuttering Tuesday in New York. (Curtis Compton/

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.

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June 7th, 2011
8:59 pm

I would like to know did Arthur Blank overcome it. Kudos to him and all others who overcame the disorder.

Hugh Culverhouse

June 7th, 2011
9:16 pm

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Blank's First Mistress

June 7th, 2011
9:19 pm

Artie used to have a real problem with his stammering tongue, but I helped turn him into the Cunning Linguist he is today.


June 7th, 2011
9:22 pm

If you don’t have anything nice to say….. Keep your thoughts to your self… BFM.


June 7th, 2011
9:38 pm

does he re re re re re re re really st st st st st stutter?

D man

June 7th, 2011
9:52 pm

Nice article DOL

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It Ain't Rocket Science

June 8th, 2011
9:43 am

I had a problem with stuttering when I was young. I also had a great teacher who worked very hard with me and I was able to overcome it. I am not sure there was a group for that particular problem when I was young, but I am glad there is now. You can really get a complex when you stutter and are getting ridiculed for it by your peers, and in some cases, even by supposedly responsible adults.

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June 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

no way ’cause the failcans achieving that is an impossibility. we all saw what happened when quality teams played the failcans , even in thier own house , they were man handled ! s s s s s s s s sorry–not in your future.

National Stuttering Association

June 8th, 2011
12:38 pm

The SFA does offer great materials on stuttering, I have found some of their books helpful. However, there is nothing like meeting other people who stutter, and the National Stuttering Association (NSA) makes that happen. For 35 years the NSA, which is the largest self-help non-profit organization for people who stutter in the country, has connected kids and adults who stutter through local chapter meetings, workshops, on-line support groups and annual conferences in which over 600 people who stutter attend each year! Conferences have included such keynote speakers as VP Joe Biden, the aforementioned Arthur Blank (Owner, Atlanta Falcons), Adrian Peterson (Chicago Bears), Annie Glenn, John Melendez and John Stossel. To learn more, visit

Section 108

June 8th, 2011
12:53 pm

Not Cool Hiram There’s a time and place for Nola ‘Aint smack talkin, but this article is not it.

Go back to playing World of Warcraft in your tighty whitey’s down in your Mom’s basement………….

Scott Case

June 8th, 2011
4:18 pm

Arthur: we need a D-D-D-D-Defnsive End


June 8th, 2011
4:23 pm

The 65 year old Stuttering Foundation ( provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. It is the first and the largest nonprofit charitable organization in the world working toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually. For a list of all the famous people who stutter and a free mini-poster, visit

Bud Bultman

June 8th, 2011
6:10 pm

I know a young man who went to the America Institute for Stuttering and said it cost his parents about $6,000 and he still stuttered. I referred him to the Stuttering Foundation of America where my uncles who stuttered found help. Matt and his parents learned so much more from a real non-profit organization and has a barely noticeable stutter, now. They couldn’t afford another expenditure for therapy, so they sure were glad to find “Self Therapy for the Stutterer” and some other books and DVDs by the Foundation at the library. The entire family worked through the materials in order to help Matt. It is a good thing there are options as “different strokes for different folks” sure is true.

say it sAint

June 8th, 2011
7:41 pm

The pitiful 7-9 Seattle Seahawks clobbered the sAints in the playoffs.

Mrs. Hiramsaint

June 9th, 2011
9:36 am

My husband is not fit to tie Mr. Blank’s shoes.

Somewhere in Hiram

June 9th, 2011
9:57 am

“What’d you do at work today, Dad?”
“I made fun of people who stutter, aren’t you proud?”


June 9th, 2011
10:09 am

Heard Kroy Biermann on a radio ad saying how happy he is that he got Lasik surgey.

If only he’d gotten it a bit sooner. Damn.


June 9th, 2011
10:09 am

Jack Welch was on CNN last night and told his story of battling a stutter. He credited his mother with building his confidence where he could combat it. Great story.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 9th, 2011
11:28 am

It really is a lot about self confidence. The problem is, that when you are young, your peers are always in your case and it makes it worse. I was lucky in that I had a very special teacher, who worked with me for a year and I was able to conquer it. A lot of conquering it also has to do with focusing on something you do well, and having someone stress that for you and work on that with you. I was lucky I guess that I had a good voice and had teachers that stuck with me, and stressed that. I messed up when I turned down a free ride for music, but I guess it just wasn’t in my plans. Couldn’t see, 4 or more years of school, with 6 or so as an understudy, so I went a different direction, but the point was, I was able to sing but I stuttered when I talked, Go figure, but I will always remember my teacher, for helping me out.

ATL Observer

June 9th, 2011
5:43 pm

Kudos (again) to Mr. Blank. Stuttering can be overcome (or at the very least minimized) with great perseverance and teachers/instructors that care. Great example for everyone.

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7:50 pm

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