By embracing my stutter, I have found my calling

One teacher, Adam Black, explains how accepting his stammer has helped him to pursue a career in the classroom – and share his expertise through public speaking

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Stammering or stuttering is a hidden disability that affects about 70 million people worldwide – roughly 1 per cent of the population. It cuts across all boundaries, every social position, race, ethnicity, job or personality. Every language has a word for it: for example, bégaiement (French), tartamudez (Spanish), hakalaanaa (Hindi), hau hick (Cantonese), domori (Japanese) and nsu (Nigerian Igbo).

Stuttering is a neurological condition, and there is something fundamentally different about the brains of people who stutter, compared with the brains of those who don’t. There is an abnormality in ...

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