The invisible community
In a world that values fluent speech, people who stutter often feel voiceless, misjudged, and isolated in their everyday communication challenges. Growing up with a stutter myself, I was afraid of any activity that required me to speak, including phone calls, class presentations or the usual everyday interaction with others. My speech block was constantly holding me back from being myself and I knew I had to do something about it. Accepting my stutter was the first step but I wanted to do more, I wanted to help other individuals going through similar experiences in life.
Stuttering affects over 7 million people worldwide but not enough is done towards supporting the community. Well, I wanted to change that!
The start of a journey
In 2019, I started developing an interactive platform that would help the stuttering community in both their personal as well as professional lives. This would be the beginning of a two-year project with countless sleepless nights and many challenges but also a rewarding feeling of accomplishment. In 2021, I finally launched Stuttering Society and it is amazing to see it growing with hundreds of members.
The website is currently available in three languages: English, Portuguese and French.
A moment to reflect
The creation and development process was – and continues to be – a journey of constant learning and growth. Particularly, because I am doing this alone, and took upon me all the operational, strategic and financial aspects of this venture. So far, I have invested above 20,000 euros from my own pocket to make this platform a reality. But this has become increasingly unfeasible and financially challenging.
The current main costs include:
IT Developer to keep the website running, improve the platform, and fix eventual technical issues;
Professional translators for content translation in other languages;
Web designer to take care of the visual aspects of the Platform.
Your support has a positive impact
I’m humbly asking for your support to ensure I can continue Stuttering Society continues to exist and grow in the long-term, so that millions of people worldwide would be able to find the support they need. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of community, and know that by joining our efforts together, we can make systemic changes!
I believe wholeheartedly in the power of community unity and would be extremely grateful for your contribution. THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to read this and for your interest in Stuttering Society.
How can you help me? If you are still reading this, by now, I am already grateful for your interest and time! Any contribution would be a huge help.
To reward your kindness, I will offer thoughtful prizes to show how much your support matters. Thanks to everyone who lends a helping hand!
5-30 euros: you have my eternal gratitude;
35-50 euros: you get a Stuttering Society t-shirt;
55-100 euros: you get a Stuttering Society T-shirt + Tote bag;
101 euros and above: you get a Stuttering Society T-shirt + Mask + Tote bag.