About the Authors:
Melissa Bronsart -My name is Melissa, I am a 29 year old PWS living in Paris, France. My stutter used to be quite strong when I was a child, and in my teenage years. Thanks to speech therapy, group sessions and mostly acceptance, I managed to come to terms with it. Today, even though it is scarce, I am not ashamed anymore. I got into documentary film making and felt the duty to share about stuttering through my work as well.
Martin Jandet – I started to admit my stammering at age 25. Before that it had been mild to medium and sometimes severe in specific situations. Since then, stammering has been part of the more global process of improving as a person and taking the long path towards acceptance and harmony. Martin is part of the French stammering association (APB), and has been involved in promoting this vision of stammering, in the self-help group in Paris and also in a video series that shows different ways of perceiving stammering according to the context – in different countries.
Is stuttering a problem or is it the context that makes a problem of this difference? By sharing their personal stories in Senegal and in France, Sidy and Lamine give us an inspiring answer and proof that both acceptance and giving up the fight are key to resilience and bouncing back.
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