Rachel Hoge, in her Nov. 7 Health & Science article, "Don't judge me by my words," seemed to imply that because stuttering is a physical problem with possible biological bases, the obligation is on other people to accept her stuttering as a disability that she cannot do anything about. This attitude assumes biology is destiny and does a disservice to people with all kinds of disabilities who work hard and achieve some success in overcoming their limitations.
I have stuttered all my life and, through speech therapy and continual work, have significantly improved my fluency. While we all need to be more accepting of each other, people who stutter or have other disabilities have the opportunity to successfully address their problems. Help is available, and as I know from my own experience, working with professional therapists can do wonders to improve one’s lot in life and to alleviate the discomfort that other people may feel in dealing with those of us who have disabilities.
Andrew Snope, Columbia