A Call to Action: Moving Beyond ‘Stuttering is Okay’ (Ep. 581)

stuttering, StutterTalkRoisin McManus and Caryn Herring of the StutterTalk B Team join Peter Reitzes to discuss the huge success of the NYC stuttering conference The Past, The Present and Future of Stuttering. Today’s topics emanate from this workshop.

We discuss Barry Yeoman’s amazing keynote address including topics he raises such as the juncture of “we need a cure and we are the cure” and his hope that “stuttering awareness” becomes “part of workplace diversity training because we [people who stutter] put it there.” Other topics discussed include the language around stuttering such as “pathology”, moving beyond ‘stuttering is okay’ into activism for people who stutter, becoming aware of not participating in the stigmatizing of stuttering and so much more.

Caryn Herring is a person who stutters and a speech-language pathologist, currently pursuing her PhD at The University of Pittsburgh. Caryn is also an adjunct clinical instructor at Duquesne University, supervising graduate students and teaching the Stuttering Course. She is an active member of numerous stuttering organizations.

Roisin McManus lives in New York City and has co-led the Brooklyn Chapter of the National Stuttering Association for the past 5 years. She is an occasional StutterTalk host, lead planner of the 20-Something’s Program for the NSA/ISA World Congress in Atlanta this July, and doesn’t mind being referred to as a “stutterer.” She works as an emergency room nurse and recently graduated from New York University as an acute care & palliative care nurse practitioner.

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