The secret society, people who stutter living in a mostly fluent world.
The 2017 Australian Speak Easy Association’s stuttering conference is over. Leaving a conference is always emotional for me. I look forward to getting back home to my family and life, but I’m also sad to leave behind my secret society. Regardless of our backgrounds, we all know The Stutter. The conference is a place to be you without fear of judgement. Speak how you want to speak, with fluency, without fluency, but always be heard. Share experiences with confidence that the listener understands without prejudice.
For me, being around so many people who stutter is therapeutic. Changing from being the 1% of people who stutter to being the 99% at these conferences continues to inspire me to be me.