Taking the Role of a Person Who Stutters (Ep. 586)

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Marcus Peters

Marcus Peters joins Peter Reitzes to discuss the importance of taking the role of a person who stutters. Mr. Peter’s attributes this perspective and phrase to Vivian Sisskin.

Mr. Peters is asked about attending his first National Stuttering Association Conference and a workshop which challenged him to consider the terms “disordered” vs “different.” Other language discussed today includes acceptance, empowered, stuttering pride, fixed and broken, uniqueness, pathology and value. Mr. Peters advocates using language to challenge society to think differently about stuttering. When asked about the process of change, Mr. Peter’s responded, “It’s pretty remarkable how we can change and how we can grow when we start to hope and when we start to look at things from a different perspective.”

Marcus is asked about stuttering being a blessing, how being Nigerian-American and a person of color impacts his stuttering experience, his current goal of advertising stuttering and much more.

Marcus Peters is a person who stutters in Dallas, Texas, an Information Systems Analyst, and a member of the Dallas Chapter of the National Stuttering Association. Mr. Peters holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.