I worked as a first responder during 9/11. At the time, I was a program director in a community-based organization in Harlem, New York. My heart was full and I felt a call to help. As a person who stuttered, these opportunities while motivational often come with great fear. How could I help folks in crisis when I stutter? How could I provide counsel if I stutter? How can I communicate effectively when I stutter? As I began this work, I realized that my passion was stronger than my fear and even though I stuttered, I never gave up. I provided counsel, I helped families cope with the stress and grief of 9/11, I provided communities with support, and I stuttered well.
Dr. Liz Mendez-Shannon, MSW
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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