Recognise STAMMERING as disorder/diversity,Take steps to STOP MAKING FUN OF STAMMERERS .
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"P..PL..PLEASE STOP MAKING FUN OF US...AND DON'T THINK OF US AS DUMBS! WE JUST NEED MORE TIME TO FINISH AT TIMES "....says a first year college student recalling the bad incidents of his life.
This repetition/ prolongation or inability to get words out is called "STAMMERING/STUTTERING". It is a tense struggle to get words as they get stuck sometimes. This struggle causes freeezing or distortion on their faces and the NORMAL PERSON assumes the stammerer to be "dumb" or "unintelligent" or a "funny person'
The NORMAL PERSON either stares in disgust or makes fun of them making THE PERSON WHO STAMMERS (PWS) humiliated. However, this is so untrue!!! PWS are NORMAL, INTELLIGENT PEOPLE who know what they have to speak but sometimes get stuck leading to struggle. Every moment of a day for a PWS is a struggle to get right words out. There are numerous incidents happening like :-
- A child is bullied in school by friends or humiliated by some insensitive teachers
- A teenager who is unable to speak his name clearly is treated as dumb
- Humiliation at interviews / office place
- A girl who stammers is labelled as shy
and many such more incidents.
In movies when the actor stammers the audience breaks into laughter without realising even once the pain experienced by a PWS. Film and Television Industry has always entertained audience by making fun of PWS. Not even once has this issue been highlighted as a NEUROLOGICAL AS WELL AS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM.
"CAN ANYONE MAKE FUN OF A PERSON WITH ANY OTHER DISABILITY???!!!"
As the great star HRITHIK ROSHAN has rightly said " My stammering wasn't the problem, the stigma was!" and " Not having enough information or education was the problem, not the stutter itself. Awareness is what we need."
But unfortunately, nothing has been done to create awareness or sensitise people.The media too has hardly taken any initiative.
MORE THAN 10 MILLION PEOPLE IN INDIA STAMMER!! But no steps taken to create awareness like other developed countries.!!
Also, the speech therapy centres are highly expensive and the underpriviliged ones cannot afford it and continue to live a life of humiliation, guilt and shame.
An earnest request to our ministers ;-
1. Recognise stammer as a disorder/diversity and take steps to stop making fun of stammerers
2. Take maximum steps using the media effectively to create awareness from school level and sensitize people
3.Open free/cheap speech therapy & counselling centres at government hospitals to aid the underpriviliged.
"PLEASE SIGN THIS SO THAT THE STAMMERER LEADS A LIFE OF DIGNITY....... AFTER ALL IT IS THEIR RIGHT!!!"
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