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SLP students presenting at National Stuttering Association Convention
05-20-13

The NSA conference is in July.
The NSA conference is in July.

Misericordia University speech-language pathology majors Midori Rodriguez of Stroudsburg, Pa., and Terrence Murgallis of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., are presenting their workshop, “Funding for Stuttering: How to Use Your State’s Vocational Rehabilitation Office to Pay for Services for People Who Stutter (PWS),’’ at the National Stuttering Association Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., in July.

The goal of the students’ workshop is to increase awareness of government resources available for people who stutter. They will take participants through the process of applying for eligible aid for people who stutter through the states’ vocation rehabilitation service centers. The workshop also explains troubleshooting methods in case applicants are denied benefits. It also includes how to advocate for people who stutter as a speech-language pathologist, parent or student clinician.

Rodriguez, the daughter of Guillermo and Joanne Rodriguez, and Murgallis, the son of Terrence and Meg Murgallis, are co-founders of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Stuttering Association at Misericordia University. The support group provides a safe and friendly atmosphere for people who stutter and those affected by stuttering. About 1 percent of the population stutters. At bi-monthly meetings, people are able to meet other people who stutter, share experiences, practice their speaking skills, and work on moving forward with dignity and respect, according to the NSA group’s mission statement.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Stuttering Association at Misericordia University meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held on the second floor of John J. Passan Hall, 100 Lake St., in room 212. For more information about the support group, please call (570) 674-6724; e-mail, stutteringsupport@misericordia.edu, or log on to the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MisericordiaUniversityStutteringSupportGroup. The meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-TALK or log on to www.misericordia.edu/slp. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

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Misericordia University speech-language pathology students Midori Rodriguez, left, the daughter of Guillermo and Joanne Rodriguez, and Terrence Murgallis, the son of Terrence and Meg Murgallis, are presenting a workshop at the National Stuttering Association Convention in July.