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Date: 19 Oct 2006
Time: 19:37:20 -0500
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
Youíre right -- job interviews, public speaking, etc., are scary situations for all people, but for stutterers, they can be much more of a daunting experience! I am happy in my position mainly because of the work that Iím doing. Iím drawing on my research and evaluation experience and I enjoy the content of what we do. But I think I feel especially comfortable in my job because of the nature of what we do and the fact that over half of my colleagues have a known disability. I feel comfortable about stuttering around them Ė at least the ones that Iíve been open about my stuttering with. I havenít discussed it with the top leaders, and I slip back into my covert behaviors around them. So I donít think that I would feel as comfortable in other jobs settings. However, I think that if I were to leave my current position and work outside of the disability field, I would approach things differently than I have in the past. In fact, Iíve already started disclosing my speech more and more, including to the classes that I teach outside of work. So itís already had a direct impact on my approach to my stuttering and has made me much more comfortable with it. Thanks for your post!