National Stuttering Association

Carl JohnsonMedical Unit Maintenance Tech

    Carl Johnson

    Stanhope, NJ
    Medical Unit Maintenance Tech
    Atlantic Health System

    Briefly describe your daily job duties.
    I am responsible for daily maintenance of medical units for Atlantic Health System hospitals and health care facilities.

    As a person who stutters, share the most challenging part of your job.
    It’s challenging to have conversations with nurses and doctors who don’t know I have a stutter and aren’t patient.

    Did you self-disclose your stuttering during the job hiring process? If so, how did you do it?
    I disclosed that I am a person who stutters early in the interview process and during my face to face interview, I let my interviewer know I have a stutter.

    Describe how stuttering makes you a better, more valued contributor at work.
    Stuttering has made me a better and more valued contributor because I work twice as hard to prove I that belong. I feel like I need to prove a point that people who stutter are extremely smart people who show great perseverance.

    What is your proudest moment at your current company?
    I was told I am doing a great job and I have great work ethic.

    What are your long-term career aspirations?
    My long-term aspiration is to manage a group of people and feel comfortable having open discussions.

    What’s your best advice for people who stutter just entering the workplace and for those in a career striving to achieve greater success?
    My advice to anyone who stutters is to have confidence when speaking and try to talk to as many people as you can so you can gain greater comfort in talking. Not being afraid to talk will help you to become a more fluent speaker.