If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 100 Stutter Project: Stutter Beautifully

Cameron Francek stutters.

However, instead of letting his stutter define his life, Francek has embarked on a personal journey to spread awareness about this disorder, ask the world to have patience with stutterers, and build his self-confidence by getting out of his comfort zone. His fear-facing project entitled, 100 Stutter Project, has been receiving national publicity and has been inspiring and encouraging many people!

Francek has challenged himself to approach complete strangers over the course of 100 days in the following manner: "Hi there. My name is Cameron. I'm a person who stutters. I'm doing a project where every day for 100 days, I'm disclosing to people that I'm a person who stutters in kind of an effort to expose people to it and educate people and spread awareness. Is it okay if I ask you a couple of questions about it?"

Pictured above is an example of one of Cameron's intitiatives - a bracelet stamped with the phrase "Stutter Beautifully".  Some stigmas that he is trying to knock is the popular, inaccurate notion that stuttering is a result of emotional problems or is a kind of "nervous disorder".  In reality, stuttering is often genetic and may not be able to be fixed.

In addition to all of Francek's recent efforts, he is also studying to become a speech-language pathologist, so that he can help other children who struggle with their speech! You can read up on Francek's journey on his blog: www.100stutterproject.blogspot.com.  Please share Cameron's inspiring story as Better Speech & Hearing Month wraps up this week!

You can also read John Carlisle's full article from Detroit Free Press on Cameron Francek by clicking here.

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