Huge shout out to Sulema for getting in front of the entire group to present her research on genetics and stuttering. It was eye opening and extremely informative. Nice work Sulema!!!
We also discussed the topic of Neurodiversity, a concept that comes out of Autism research, which aims at shifting the perspective from impairment to natural variation (simply stated). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be emailed a copy.
Jonah mentioned a couple of LinkedIn groups during our discussion as well. Here are those links:
Stuttering at Work - for employees and employers (this is the one Pam from NSA board started a week ago, aims to educate employers and employees alike about stuttering in the workplace.)
Stuttering Professionals (this one has been around for a while, and is aimed at people who stutter)
Also at the meeting, it was announced that we, Sarah and Linda, will be stepping down as chapter leaders in the coming months. It has been an honor to be leading the group for the past (nearly) 3 years. It is simply time to pass the torch onto other deserving souls. We will still very much continue to be a part of the group and will help transition the new chapter leaders into their roles for the next couple of months. Thank you to everyone who has supported our movement to increase our membership and broaden our community involvement during our time as chapter leaders. We will greatly miss the role, but are so excited for what is to come.
On that note, our new chapter co-leaders will be (insert drum roll here)...Jonah and Allie!!!! You may recognise Jonah as the face of PayPal who represented Stuttering in the Workplace in the article we sent out a few weeks ago. He is beginning a crucial involvement with the National office of the NSA for the Stuttering in the Workplace Campaign being put on, so it is a beautiful time of him to take over as co-leader. And everyone who attends meetings knows our sweet, sweet feisty Allie. She may appear sweet and gentle, but she has a fierce side of her that is perfect for our group. Both Jonah and Allie have much needed organizational skills and both offer perspectives that challenge others as well as themselves. I have zero doubt that with the two of them in charge, our group will become even greater.
Finally, due to Spring Break when our numbers are typically quite low, we will be holding our March meeting on the THIRD TUESDAY OF MARCH on 3/19 with the PLACE TBD. We will have that planned by next week and send out the update.
Thanks for reading! See you all in a few weeks!