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Stuttering as Honest Speech

acceptance

The striking young woman is poised and confident on the stage. Her voice is strong as she describes her own stuttering in eloquent poetic language. Her stuttering is “…in breath calm and measured… stripping speech of nuance…” She addresses the trepidations of saying her own name: “I have let it sit heavy in my throat…. a tool of betrayal…” She reveals that “the stuttering is the most honest part of me…” and “…the only thing that never lies…”. To applause, she states “…when I stutter I am speaking my own language fluently…”.

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Artist who stutters creates beautiful children's book

EllenEarly on, artist Ellen Skidmore discovered painting as a way of self-expression and acceptance. As she says in the artist's statement on her website, "Because of my painting, I have been able to accept the disturbing contradictions and opposites of life itself. I have been able to accept instead of question. It has become my sanctuary."

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Talking to Children about Stuttering

For many years, I was involved in community self-organizing on behalf of people who stutter. Years ago I formed a Toronto-based self-help group for people who stutter; our first meeting was held in September 1988 at the North York Library.

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It All Boils Down To Numbers

Richard HolmesRichard with his two daughters
Let's face it, a lot of life boils down to numbers. For each of us those numbers are unique. For me those numbers are 2, 300, 27, 60, 12 & 1. I'll touch on each of these numbers and the significance they hold for me. Being a person that stutters, I can say one of my most significant motivators has been when I've been told "you won't". You won't amount to much, you won't overcome your stutter you won't live a productive life. 

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The importance of humour and moving forward with change

Sally PetersonSally Petersen, right,
with friend Annie Bradbury
In anticipation of our upcoming conference on October 24, we continue with Daniele Rossi's interviews with people who have attended conferences in the past. He  travels south of the border once again and chats with Sally Peterson who has attended many conferences over the years, including in Canada.

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