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— by joshualane joshualane
Frank,

Thanks for stopping by! As you might guess from everything we write on this site, we respectfully disagree that "the 'stigma' of stuttering, and the personal costs resulting from it, can be ameliorated by trying to change society's view of disfluent speech." Will this social change happen tomorrow? No. Ten years? Maybe, if only in select pockets and to varying degrees. However, following in the disability rights movement we believe that widespread social change is both necessary and possible for liberation. Moreover, I can say that for myself, rejecting the medical model of my stuttering and engaging in resistance against the ableist structures and values that discriminate against our speech has been the most freeing and empowering process I can imagine. I am learning to speak on my own terms, not on the terms of normalcy.