We had 19 people in attendance at our monthly meeting last Tuesday- including one first-timer, Michael and one out-of-town visitor from NYC, Marc Winski.
We started off the evening by introducing ourself and the time we were associated with the Portland chapter. This led to conversations and laughter, which helped to get the flow going.
John, our resident attorney, brought up an interesting topic about the new courthouse and the ADA accommodations and how that would apply to People who stutter (PWS). We brainstormed several of our proposals - definitely something to think about.
We then moved on to discuss the main topic of the day - How the perception of stuttering has shifted during our lifetime and the impact it had on us choosing our professions. Our out of town visitor, Marc, an actor, discussed his life story and the inner-struggles he had to endure when stuttering interfered with his preferred vocation. Other participants talked about their decisions to chose their professions and how not conversing with people was a significant factor in that decision making process. At the end of the day, almost all of us felt that stuttering played a role in our past life but we have to realize that we can’t let it control our lives any longer. This realization comes to people at various stages of our lives and therein lies our own personal journey.
We also discussed couple of books focused on stuttering during our meeting -
1) “Out with it” by Katherine Preston (https://www.amazon.com/Out-Stuttering-Helped-F…/…/145167659X) and
2) "My brother Moochie" by Issac Bailey (https://www.amazon.com/My-Brother-Moochie-Reg…/…/ref=sr_1_1…) .
Marc was part of “What would you do” ABC series and here is his episode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOHFS10q2ms)