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5 Ways You Can Celebrate Stuttering

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This month we celebrated National Stuttering Awareness Week, a week dedicated to putting a public focus on stuttering, which affects approximately 1% of Canadians. Knowing that we are all unique and that our stutters are only part of us, but do not define us, is an important move towards celebrating stuttering. But, in addition to this, here are 5 other ways that you can celebrate stuttering, regardless of the week!

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What you don't expect

flowerIt's true what they say: if you love your job you'll never work a day in your life. That could not be more true in my case. For the last 13 and a half years I've had the privilege of working in the social service sector with youth and adults from all walks of life, with various challenges. Working in a field that requires communication when faced with the hurdle of a stutter takes on a whole new meaning. 

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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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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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