Being Inspired by Lazaro Arbos

Blog by Voon Pang
Jan. 21, 2013

A couple of nights ago, the stuttering community jumped for joy when Lazaro Arbos auditioned for American Idol. The social and media firestorm that ensued was amazing, which ultimately led to increased awareness and education for those about stuttering. In writing this article, I “googled” stuttering + American Idol and 65 various sources popped up in the news section of Google. The websites included Fox News,,, RadarOnline, and Entertainment Weekly just to name a few.

I read some of the articles and posts on the Stuttering Foundation’s Facebook Page and found some quotes from the general public, which summarise the significance and inspiration this 21-year-old man has had on us.

"My four-year-old said, “Mommy, he has bumpy speech just like me!” Thank you for being a role model, Lazaro!"

"As someone who has stuttered most of my life, I applaud the courage this young man has shown."

"My son who stutters was inspired by his bravery! Congratulations to Lazaro!"

"Lazaro, you are adorable, but you really are also an inspiration to other young people who suffer from stuttering or any other disabilities that make it hard for them to express themselves."

Even my own sister commented, “I love his story and it’s so nice to know your work helps kids find their voice” when I shared the link with her on Facebook. (Thanks sis, it’s stories like this that keeps me going!!)

I’ll be cheering him on from New Zealand and doing my best to keep up to date on how he is getting on in American Idol. Congratulations Lazaro and I know that you will develop a Fan Army (so far I can only think of “Arbonauts” as an appropriate name) within AND beyond the stuttering community!

P.S. If you want to follow Lazaro on Twitter you can find him on  


Your voice and courage sends chills down my spine. Keep on doing what inspires you and others will gravity towards you. You have a gift and it needs to be shared. I, too, stutter and love to sing. It feels so relaxing and peaceful. Thank you for believing in yourself! Love to you! - Jillian

how would i e-mail him to tell him or send him a fan letter/fan mail

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you about stuttering and what to do

i can help people who stuttering by my method "voice imitation"by rad distance
In the name of god whom designed speech only for human
This article written by abtin in7dec2011 after study 6month on40people who stutter in iran as psychology researching
Title: shadow of stuttering
At first I mentioned to articles on site you read about people who stutter
-why we don't interest nobody knows about our stuttering.
-why we sense inferiority after stutter.
-confession to stutter.
-I wish be deaf instead of stutter.
What is sense of people(others) about our stuttering.
Yes stuttering is a bad phenomena ,here are two groups:
1-1st group people who stutter likes hide their stuttering from others ,we call them 80%.
2-2nd group people who don't want hide their stuttering and interest show himself in the crow and want open their stuttering, they are 20%of total we call tem 20%continue

Thank you for helping us see it doesn't matter if you stutter. We all are happy that someone represents all the people in the world that stutter. And you are our hero and you will be remembered.

You helped us see we can do anything even
if we stutter

HI!My name is jesus and am 11 years old and you are a brave person. You went to american ibol and you faced your stuttering. All of us are amazed of you did. Thanks for showing the people who we are and what we can do. THANKS YOU! PS i like your misic.

Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you really recognise what you're talking about! Bookmarked.