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Stutterers Overcome Disorder With Confidence

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Stutterers are often ridiculed for taking so long to say sentences as simple as this one. But now some people who suffer from the stutter are taking their fear of public speaking straight to the stage through a program called Together We Act.

"To get up there and take my biggest fear on and then other people get to see that they can do anything," actor Katherine Flier said. "Nothing has to stop you."

Flier said she used to think she would wake up one day without her stutter. But since that was unlikely, she went out for the acting group.

"I've been a stutterer my whole life," said David Shinefield, who started the acting group for stutterers a year ago.

"I always had a dream of being an actor, which seems silly," he said, "But I've done extensive research regarding these famous actors who stutter."

He didn't have to look far. Actors as varied as Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, and James Earl Jones have all had to overcome their stutter. Even world leaders like Winston Churchill and Vice President Joe Biden have struggled with it.

According to the Stuttering Foundation, these famous faces are among nearly three million people in America who stutter.

Dr. Joe Donaher, of CHOP's Center for Childhood Communication, said that stuttering is a disorder that affects a person's rhythm while talking. A stutterer has trouble timing and sequencing words and sound while speaking.

Stutterer, Lazaro Arbos is standing out on the American idol stage this season, but not because of his speech disorder. The 21-year-old uses the rhythm music provides to smooth his speech.

Arbos is proof that confidence can be huge help to those with the disorder, providing real inspiration to these brave actors and other leaders, who just happen to stutter.

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