Challenging Stigma, Celebrating Diversity

Genevieve Lamoureux, Dr. Joshua St. Pierre

Sunday 1:15PM - 2:15PM EST



This workshop explores the interconnected themes of stigma, self-stigma, ableism, pride, and diversity in relation to stuttering. These concepts will be discussed using straightforward and inclusive language, and will be complemented by interactive group workshops designed for reflection. By delving into these topics, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how these concepts can influence the lives of people who stutter, their families, and even speech therapists. The workshop draws on existing literature, highlighting the empowering nature of recognizing and examining the social dynamics that shape our relationship with stuttering.

What to expect

  • Enhance understanding of key concepts, including stigma, self-stigma, ableism, pride, and diversity, in the context of stuttering.
  • Acquire knowledge about the latest literature and research pertaining to these concepts and their relevance to stuttering.
  • Engage in reflective exercises to explore the impact of these concepts on personal relationships with stuttering and the broader societal perspective.
  • Cultivate a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of stuttering, encompassing its various dimensions.
  • Empower oneself by gaining insights into the social mechanisms that shape the relationship with and attitudes towards stuttering.
  • Engage in powerful narratives and personal stories shared by individuals who stutter, fostering a sense of empowerment and inspiration.

About the presenter

Genevieve Lamoureux, a person who stutters, is a speech-language therapist and a Ph.D. student in speech-language therapy. Her research focuses on the dynamics of stuttering stigma and self-stigma, along with associated concepts. With a passion for fostering positive change, she explores strategies for reducing these phenomena on a societal level.

Dr. Joshua St. Pierre, a person who stutters, holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Disability Studies and serves as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, as well as being an active member in stuttering activism in the UK and the US. His research contributes to Dysfluency Studies, expanding Critical Disability Studies to analyze communication from the perspectives of disabled communicators, addressing its political and ethical dimensions. Joshua has authored numerous publications - such as his latest book, Cheap Talk: Disability and the Politics of Communication - exploring stuttering and communication disabilities through a critical disability studies lens, unraveling concepts such as stigma, ableism and pride relating to stuttering in particular.

Last updated: 2023-10-27