Make Room For The Stuttering

They Can Bloody Wait – Episode 89

Posted on: July 18, 2012

Episode 89 features Mandy Taylor, who hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mandy returned to college about 5 years ago to study accounting.

Mandy felt unsupported by her family, especially her father. Her journey began when she left home at 18.

After seeing the movie “The Kings Speech” she felt empowered to research stammering for the first time and learned about the British Stammering Association. She attended her first BSA conference last year, meeting other women like herself.

We discuss raising stammering awareness, the support group that Mandy started herself, stuttering as a disability, employment discrimination and the need for advocacy. Mandy concludes by sharing her belief that persons who stammer have to be the ones to tell others about stammering, so people will understand and know what to expect.

I had so much fun chatting with Mandy and hearing her story. Feel free to leave comments below for either of us.

The podcast safe music used in this episode is credited to ccMixter.

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3 Responses to "They Can Bloody Wait – Episode 89"

Great interview, Pam and Mandy. Mandy has a wonderful attitude towards her own speech and has a clear message for everyone else who stammers. Possibly even more importantly, she speaks with confidence, despite her stammer. This encourages many non-stammerers to review their belief that we stammer because we are shy and nervous – which has long been one of the big misconceptions.

What a great interview, thank you so much Pam & Mandy for that. Mandy, you make so much sense, I am going to get my 14 year old daughter, who like me also stammers, to listen to this, you are such an amazing role model for young women, with your positive attitude. I am involved with the Irish Stammering Association and I’d love to meet up at some stage. Maybe if you come down to Dublin for NSAD in October we could chat.

Absolutely :) sure get in touch, my email is taylor.moore@hotmail.com
I have met Jonathan Linklator from the ISA, a great guy, I would definitely like to get down to a day in Dublin.

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