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International Stammering Awareness Day: 22nd October

Sea green ribbon for ISADInternational Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD) happens on 22nd October every year. Stammering associations, individuals and groups around the world organise events to mark the day and to raise awareness of stuttering.

Wear a Stammering Awareness wristband, or change your Facebook picture, to mark International Stammering Awareness Day. More below: Going green for ISAD.

ISAD online conference: 'We speak with one voice'

International Stammering Awareness Day 2014 logo: 'We speak with one voice'The 2014 ISAD Online Conference 'We speak with one voice' starts on 1st October. It will be freely available, and has facilities to post comments and questions up to the end of the conference on the 22nd. There will be papers from around the world, and an 'Ask an Expert' section.

Past online conferences are also freely available on the conference archives (link to Stuttering Homepage).

London 'Walk & Talk', 18th October

London scene

We have arranged another London 'Walk & Talk'. This will take in historic landmarks associated with famous people who stammer, and those who faced other challenges. The walk is a great event for the whole family. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required. For more details and to book: London Walk & Talk 2014 to Celebrate Int'l Stammering Day!

Collection at London Liverpool Street

London Underground signLondon Underground have agreed to our having a bucket collection at Liverpool Street station on Wednesday, 22nd October 2014. Like in previous years, we need volunteers to help man the collections. There will be 1 or 2 hour shifts available, so please get in touch. More: Fundraising Collection - London Liverpool Street for ISAD.

Awareness Day video

In September last year we asked you to record yourself talking about your stammer. We put them together and came up with this video for International Stammering Awareness Day.

Stammering awareness album: 'Voices found'

This stammering awareness album, featuring songs by 5 artists who stammer, is available for sale now. Buy the CD, or download from iTunes. More: Stammering awareness album: 'Voices found'.

Going green for ISAD

Wear a Stammering Awareness Wristband (available from BSA). You can used it as a conversation starter

You can use sea green to mark International Stammering Awareness Day on 22nd October, or to raise awareness of stammering at any time. Other possibilities as well as a wrist band:

  • change your Facebook profile picture to the sea green ribbon (download jpg image);
  • wear a sea green ribbon, or sea green clothes.

Why sea green for stammering awareness? Michael Sugarman who founded ISAD writes:
"The color 'blue' has traditionally been associated with calm while 'green' represents liberty, freedom and justice. The combination of these colors for People who Stutter shows the bond between 'peace' and 'liberation' when finding support and community with other people who understand and share their experiences. These are reflected in the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities of People who Stutter (link to ISA website).
"Remember to wear Sea Green clothes or ribbon on October 22nd to raise awareness about stuttering and the issues people who stutter face everyday."

Some other ideas for ISAD

  • Tweet about ISAD, and update your Facebook status on the day. See above Going green for ISAD for a Facebook image you can use.
  • Talk about stammering to someone. Maybe introduce yourself as someone who stammers when making phone calls;
  • Create your own YouTube video of yourself talking about your stammer and upload it onto the BSA Facebook group;
  • Give a talk on stammering at a public speaking club, rotary club, etc. Join the BSA 'Speaking Out' team to learn more about how to do this;
  • Last year therapists at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust sent a letter to all GPs in the area, with testimonials from children and adults who had accessed the service within the last year: Letter from Airedale therapists to all GPs in the area.
  • Print-off information from our website to show friends, family, colleagues, etc, for example advice for people who don't stammer on talking to someone who does (In Conversation with a person who stammers);
  • Join the BSA telephone link scheme, or other internet lists;
  • Ask the BSA office for some helpline posters and put them in your local libraries, community centres or GPs surgeries.

Why not tell us what your doing on our Facebook page: