Speech therapy changed Adam’s life

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A man whose life was being controlled by his speech impediment decided enough was enough - now he’s been nominated for a national diversity award.

Adam Black (26) who suffered with a stutter since his childhood found it was becoming more and more of a problem.

Adam even chose a college course which involved no speaking due to the severity of his disability, and how it was affecting how he lived his life.

Then nine years ago he enrolled on an intensive course of speech therapy called the MacGuire Programme in Newcastle which was a four-day residential programme.

Remarkably, and as a testament to his own hard work and dedication to take charge of his life he gained control of his stammer and enrolled to retrain as a teacher.

Adam is now working at Shawlands Primary School where he teaches the primary curriculum and says he has a new outlook on life.

Adam told The Extra: “To get to grips with my speech disability wasn’t easy, it took determination and a lot of hard work and effort, but I knew I simply couldn’t live my life with the stammer - there was so much more I wanted to do - it was holding me back.

“Teaching was always a dream for me, but one which was never going to be achievable given the communication barrier. So I knew to reach that dream I had to do something radical.

As a teacher I think it’s important that kids see we all have flaws of one sort or another and that it’s fine.”

Adam is now waiting to hear if he makes the shortlist of the National Diversity Awards where he has been nominated in the category of Positive Role Model in Disability.

The awards, where nominations are made anonymously will be announced in June.