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Stuttering American Idol Contestant is 'Already a Winner' to Stuttering Community

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stuttering Foundation president Jane Fraser had the following comment about last night's American Idol show featuring Lazaro Arbos, a contestant who stutters:

"The Stuttering Foundation is jumping for joy after seeing Lazaro Arbos successfully move on to the Hollywood round! For his courage to speak and perform on one of the most-watched shows on television in America, Lazaro Arbos is already a winner to the stuttering community. His participation on American Idol is an inspiration to so many and provides us with yet another wonderful opportunity to educate the public about stuttering. It is very common for people who stutter to be able to sing fluently and beautifully. B.B. King, Carly Simon, Bill Withers and Nancy Wilson are among the most famous singers who stutter. All have been prominently featured in our Famous People Who Stutter brochure and poster which can be viewed on our website at Lazaro is in great company and we wish him great success throughout his singing career!"

Foundation Spokesperson Jane Fraser
Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 8th edition. She is also vice president of the Action for Stammering Children, Michael Palin Centre, London.

About the Foundation
Malcolm Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish and endow the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website,, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Please visit us at

SOURCE Stuttering Foundation

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