Have you ever wondered what YOU can do to stop being bullied because of your stutter? Each person who stutters (PWS) is his or her own unique snowflake. I went through being mocked and humiliated because of my stutter. I believe that no one should go through the pain of being bullied or discriminated against because of his or her stutter, as I did. Most people who bully PWS are actually good people, however they do not know that what they are doing can really hurt someone else. I decided to start a movement called Speak Up for Stuttering. The goal of the movement is to educate as many people as I can about stuttering. I speak to graduate students at different universities; I write my own programs and lead them for teenagers.
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I believe education is the solution to stop this epidemic of people bullying or discriminating against PWS and other people with disabilities. Education allows the misconceptions about stuttering to be washed away. When you use education you are being the powerful one, not the powerless victim. If someone gives me trouble because of my stutter I will give him or her a brochure or a questionnaire that I developed. Then I will have a dialogue with them and explain to them why they hurt my feelings. I will also make sure to clear up any misconceptions about stuttering that they have. Sharing factual information and your feelings with the bully or a miseducated person is a great way to change their attitude. If you follow these steps I believe you will become a more powerFULL person instead of a powerLESS person.
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