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Dave - International Stuttering Association - Time for Change?

Posted Aug 21 2009 12:00am

Interview with Suzana Jelčić Jakšić, board member of the International Stuttering Association

Thanks for agreeing to this interview. Let’s start by asking why you wanted to do this interview and have your views made public.

The ISA symposium was a bit of an embarrassment. It looked like there hadn’t been any planning about who was doing what. Is that right?

You seemed to know nothing about the specific plans for an ISA/IFA joint congress?

What was that comment Benny made about “I’m at the top and you’re at the bottom” when he put up the list of Board members. It sounded quite insulting. Do you think that was intended?

Since the last World Congress it doesn’t look like ISA is a very happy family. Am I right in thinking that Keith Boss resigned and John Steggles was expelled?

According to the ISA web site you have a Chair and Secretary on the ISA board. You also have a Co-ordinator. What does the Co-ordinator do?

What has ISA done in the last two years? From the point of view of an outsider it looks quite inactive. Apart from publishing three issues of ‘One Voice’, what has it done.?

You might not want to answer this, but how does the ISA make any money to run itself? I can’t see any mention of fund-raising activity on its web site.

It really looks like you and Benny don’t get on. It also looks like he has a sexist approach to women, judging by the way he relates to you. Do you think that’s true?

Finally, do you think Benny has done a good job as Chair?

Thank you for your time and frank thoughts.
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