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Stuttering as Honest Speech

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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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