Diversity Outreach Project
- Category: Personal Commentary
- Published: Friday, 05 April 2013 10:35
- Written by Mary Rose S. Labandelo
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.
I have been the Fundraiser and Public Relations Director, British Columbia Association for People who Stutter (1998 - 2006 and briefly 2011 - 2012) and currently a board member of CSA. By being involved with these organizations and changing my focus from self to stutter advocacy, I have gained confidence and found the positivity of my stutter.
I would like to give others the opportunity to share their stories on how their culture or background has influenced who they have become. I strongly believe that we all can learn from each other’s experiences.