Maya Chupkov: Advocating for Stuttering Awareness Through Podcasting

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About The Guest(s): Maya Chupkov is the host of the podcast “Proud Stutter” and a passionate advocate for people who stutter. She is also the Media & Democracy Program Manager at California Common Cause, where part of her work focuses on supporting local journalism. Maya is dedicated to raising awareness about stuttering and creating a more inclusive society for individuals who stutter.

Summary: Maya Chupkov joins Tim Villegas on the Think Inclusive Podcast to discuss common misconceptions about people who stutter and her personal experience with stuttering. Maya shares that people often assume individuals who stutter are unsure or not confident in what they are saying and that they are shy. However, Maya emphasizes that she is outgoing and not shy despite growing up being labeled as such due to her stutter. Maya also discusses the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for individuals who stutter and the need for more education and awareness around stuttering.


Key Takeaways:

  • The psychological response to stuttering often includes a look of surprise or shock, which can be triggering for individuals who stutter.
  • It is important to be patient and allow individuals who stutter to finish their sentences without interruption.
  • Educating oneself about stuttering and asking questions can help create a more inclusive environment for individuals who stutter.

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