Thank you to everyone who came out to our meeting on Tuesday night. What a great turnout we had! 18 of us all gathered and had a great time where we discussed thoughts regarding disclosure/self-advertising. Here are some member comments:
-"During an ice breaker activity, have your “fun fact” be 'I stutter.' It puts nerves at ease because I'm not trying to hide it."
-"Once I say it out loud, I become more fluent."
-"My name is… and then I stutter on purpose."
-"Disclose before you get emotional about it. It’s harder to be matter of fact if you are already upset."
-"I like public speaking-it’s public stuttering that scares me."
-"I didn’t want people to think I was nervous so I say 'I will stutter-I don’t want you to think I am nervous…'"
-"I wait until others comment or ask."
-"Ever since I started talking about it, I started feeling more empowered, and it helped me open up to others."
-"It would have been better for me if I would have disclosed. I wish I would have brought it up."
-"It’s easier for me to talk about stuttering with people I’m just getting to know. It’s going back to people I’ve had relationships with that is hard."
-"By disclosing you start to erase those covert feelings of shame, fear, and guilt. Being upfront and honest has helped me become more confident."
-"I was really shy and now I’m more of an extrovert. It’s something I do, not who I am."
Here is the link to Frank Howarth's youtube video where he demonstrates a humbling, honest disclosure statement. I highly recommend you read through the comments provided by his viewers. Not only did his video create interest and donations to Camp More, but more importantly, the support, love, and awareness it created for Frank and the stuttering community as a whole, is awe-inspiring. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlMroyUUMfY
Many Portland Chapter NSA members donated to and/or attended the 3rd annual fundraiser for Camp More, an overnight summer camp for kids and teens who stutter. The evenings was filled with great food, friends, drinks, auction items, inspirational speeches, community, and live music thanks to our very own member, Christopher Shotola-Hardt. Portland is an exciting place to be for kids, teens, and adults who stutter.