|About the Author: Pamela Mertz is a person who stutters who is active in the global stuttering community. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Stuttering Association in the USA and serves as Employment Advocacy and Military Support team leader. She also serves as Secretary of the International Stuttering Association. She has been a Stutter Social
host for 5 years, and also has been writing about stuttering in a blog for 9 years. She hosts a unique podcast called Women Who Stutter: Our Stories, where she has interviewed women from all across the USA and 37 other countries, giving women who stutter, who are in the minority in the stuttering community, a space to speak their mind and share their story. Pam also manages to squeeze in time for a full time job as an Outreach Specialist in a vocational high school.
The theme of “Speak Your Mind” is perfect for encouraging and empowering people who stutter to use their voice and say what they want, no matter how that voice sounds or how long it takes to get the words out. For many people who stutter, we have often felt voiceless and unworthy of being heard. That was definitely true for me for a long time, too long, in fact. I have given a lot of thought lately to a different, compelling, question: “Do we speak our minds enough?” Do we speak up enough even when the conversation is uncomfortable? Listen and share your thoughts with me. I’d love to engage in dialogue about this.
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