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Woman who stutters develops cards to help herself and others with the same condition

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-03-15 18:56

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Kylah was driven to create this solution when, after a study abroad trip in Costa Rica, she had some difficulties passing through the U.S. customs due to her disability.

"So when I was coming through the Atlanta International Airport, they asked me what country where I was coming from. And I stuttered on Costa Rica. Because it’s always been a hard thing for me to say."

After that, she was ushered into another room and was asked questions. Even after she explained her condition, the customs staff kept asking questions and didn’t allow her to go. As she was getting nervous, the stuttering was getting worse.

"My heart was racing," she explains. "I was really confused because they didn’t tell me what was happening. I couldn’t think straight. I felt like I was trapped because no matter how much I told them that I had a speech impediment, it just felt like he didn’t want to believe me”, the student observed.

This caused her to miss her flight. She was mad about it and also because the authorities accused her of lying about a disability like her stutter.

So Kylah decided she had to do something about it.

With the help of Jane Fraser, the president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, she started working on a project that would help stutters avoid these situations.

The card explains up front: “I am a person who stutters. Here is what stuttering is.

The I Stutter Card is available for free and anyone can print it and put it in their wallet.

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More info: https://bit.ly/2Y0WN6A

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About the author

Kylah Simmons, from the USA, was a psychology and media college student when she developed, in 2016, the I Stutter Card, an educational card to help better express her condition, as she stutters, and others with the same disability.

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