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Finding the words

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I can truly say my single greatest accomplishment in life is being a parent. A parent with a stutter. To my daughters, though, I am not "a dad that stutters", but just dad. Early on I instilled in them to have acceptance and respect for people. This is a core value that will help shape my how my daughters view and treat others. I truly feel that teaching our children to be accepting of others is best done through real-life experience. By that, I mean showing our children that we can be comfortable in our own skin, even when we are not perfect. This is, of course, a lot easier said than done, yet definitely a life lesson worth teaching.

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Why stuttering openly is a good career move

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Do you need to give a presentation but are worried about looking and sounding confident? Then take some tips from a top UK politician.

It sounds simple, but telling people that he had a stutter took a huge amount of courage. It has paid off though, because right now, Ed Balls has given himself some breathing space in one of the toughest jobs in UK politics (as the equivalent in Canada of the opposition finance critic).

He puts his newfound openness down to two things.

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Diversity Outreach Project

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I am a stutterer and I have accepted my speech. In the past, I have experienced ridicule from individuals and groups. I felt self conscious, inferior and did not see the purpose of my speech challenge. I attended therapy with brief fluency. The turning point in my life occurred when I started the Vancouver Support Group for Stutterers in 1997 and became involved with the stuttering community.

 

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Popular music and stuttering

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Two years ago, the Stuttering Foundation awarded the 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive tune You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet an award for being the "most unique" of all the songs that feature stuttering. It stood out because it is about a real person: Randy Bachman's brother, Glen, who stuttered. Randy performed a version of the song with stuttering in the chorus as a tribute to him, never intending it to be released. But the band's manager thought the stuttering version had more character, and it ended up being used for the album.

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The academic field of Disability Studies

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Disability Studies is a relatively recent field in academia, yet today almost all of Canada's major universities have degree programs in this area. In what will be the first of a series, this article will summarize a paper by a student in a Disabilities Studies program who has specialized in the topic of stuttering. The student featured here is Joshua St. Pierre, an MA candidate in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His paper is entitled "The Construction of the Disabled Speaker: Locating Stuttering in Disability Studies."

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