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mary rose Mary Rose

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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Stuttering and the telephone

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For people who stutter, picking up a telephone to make a call can be like picking up a live cobra – only the phone is worse. Stutterers often share the agony of having to speak on the phone.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why this is so. And here’s what I’ve come up with. Someone once told me about that about 70 per cent of the meaning we get from dialogue comes from non-verbal communication. The rest comes from verbal communication.

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