Psychosocial Speech Disability (Stuttering): Transforming Ourselves and Society
Published: 2021-06-14 - Updated: 2021-06-15
Author: Michael Sugarman, MSW | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Synopsis: A psychosocial disability arises when people who stutter interact in a social environment that presents barriers to their equality with others.
Some people who stutter object to the use of the word disability to describe their experiences. I, personally, prefer the term psychosocial disability because people who stutter face barriers in their lives that others do not.
Psychosocial disability is not a diagnosis. It refers to the functional impact and barriers with which we may cope as people living with a stutter. A psychosocial disability arises when people who stutter interact in a social environment that presents barriers to their equality with others.
Psychosocial Speech Disability (Stuttering) - Transforming Ourselves and Society (below) describes the phases people who stutter experience. Their journeys are not linear. They progress and regress and may go through a phase multiple times and/or simultaneously.
Infographic: Psychosocial Speech Disability (Stuttering) Transforming Ourselves and Society. Text version is listed below.
Psychosocial Speech Disability (Stuttering) Transforming Ourselves and Society
1 - Individual Experiences
Experiencing pain and lack of belonging resulting from societal norms and values.
Worrying about not speaking fluently.
Stutter Ableism/Fluency (SAF)
Defining, comparing, and denying competencies, abilities and skills; feeling fear, stigma and guilt pursuing employment, relationship, and academics.
2 - Paths to Transforming
The American Disabilities Act (ADA)
Prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodations and access to programs and services; requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations.
Stutter Radical Acceptance
Accepting who you are and deciding to work towards effective communication.
Experiencing a common bond with others.
Creating safe spaces with therapists, families, peers, employment resource group and allies.
Stutter Clinical Tools
Empowering ability to communicate.
Stutter Self Care
Taking actions that support physical, self-compassion and emotional well-being.
Engaging and transforming political, social and cultural norms.
Raising consciousness about bias.
3 - Transforming Self-Society
Creating environments that are just; providing same rights and accessibility for all.
Stutter Identity & Affirmation
Accepting whole self, including stuttering, rather than feeling it's a personal tragedy; and, constructing a positive identity both personal and collective.
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