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Last week, Sean Hannity made fun of Vice President Joe Biden for being a stutterer (watch it here
, starting at 5:21). His guests laughed.
It was cruel. One of the hardest things about being a stutterer isn’t being teased, rather that people focus on your stutter instead of what you’re actually saying. It’s ok if you do not support Biden, but to tease anyone and doubt their competence because of a stutter is cruel and wrong. It tells the 3 million children (and adults) who stutter they can’t be who they are because of how they were born.
Please join all of us who find it hard to say exactly we want, by asking Hannity’s biggest advertisers (Stamps.com
, Liberty Mutual
, and Bristol-Myers Squibb
) to demand that Hannity apologize or lose you as a customer.
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There are a lot of great resources about stuttering. Some of our favorites:
National Stuttering Association
. The NSA is the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research.
American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders
(ABFFD). Stuttering specialists are speech-language pathologists who have been recognized by the ABFFD as having achieved advanced training and clinical skill for working with people who stutter and their families.
The Stuttering Foundation
provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering.
The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY)
is a national non-profit organization that empowers, educates, and supports young people who stutter and the world that surrounds them. Through summer camp, speech therapy, and creative expression, SAY builds a community of acceptance where young people who stutter gain confidence and communication skills.