We want to affirm, especially for the young people out there, that it is okay to stutter. We believe that not only is it okay to stutter, but people who stutter should be empowered to speak however is most comfortable for them – even if that speaking style contains pauses, repetitions, and blocks.
— NYC Stutters (2020)
- Educators to integrate the diversity agenda into speech and language therapy training to enable future therapists to consider the philosophical underpinnings of their role and approach.
- Forums for therapists to examine their underlying values, role and scope of practice.
- Meaningful collaboration to rethink the scope, focus and role of future stammering therapy for CYP & adults.
- Open, public debate about social and ethical implications of research in the fields of neuroscience and genetics.
- Research into what matters for people who stammer.
- Balanced investment of funding.
- Accessible research findings & conferences.
Still it appears to us that the answer will be forthcoming if we as a field are serious about engaging in a partnership between researchers and the population of people who stutter, for people who stutter can provide the most meaningful metric for determining whether a treatment is viable.
— Yaruss & Quesal (2004)
It is critical for professionals to realise that people with lived experience are best situated to drive the effort for changing how our society thinks about stuttering. Professionals bring resources and credibility to the table which can be very important for public attitude change, and they can play a supportive role to improve social conditions. However, people who stammer themselves are best positioned to promote the agenda of their community in terms of actions and policies that effect their lives.
— Boyle (2019)
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