ID Card Available to People Who Stutter People who stutter can download a free wallet-sized identification card from the Stuttering Foundation that identifies the carrier as someone who may experience challenges with speaking. The Stuttering Foundation created the card after a recent incident involving Kylah Simmons, a U.S. citizen returning home through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ... News in Brief
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ID Card Available to People Who Stutter
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News in Brief   |   April 01, 2016
ID Card Available to People Who Stutter
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21042016.12
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21042016.12
People who stutter can download a free wallet-sized identification card from the Stuttering Foundation that identifies the carrier as someone who may experience challenges with speaking.
The Stuttering Foundation created the card after a recent incident involving Kylah Simmons, a U.S. citizen returning home through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after studying in Costa Rica. According to media reports, Simmons was detained and questioned repeatedly about her stutter by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent, who accused her of lying about her stutter.
The ID card is available in two downloadable formats. It says “I Am a Person Who Stutters,” and points out that the condition is covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act. It also explains what stuttering is, indicates that 70 million people worldwide have the condition, and notes that stress can aggravate stuttering.
Simmons, who worked with the Stuttering Foundation to create the card, said after the airport incident, “All my life, I have been bullied and silenced because of my stutter. I felt silenced today.”
Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation, says, “When questioned by someone in authority, we all may have difficulty maintaining our fluency. For someone who stutters, it can be a much greater challenge. We hope this tool will make a difference.”
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