International 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. #isad2015
Press Release: Ed Balls to help raise public awareness of stammering
Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, is keynote speaker at an inaugural summit on stammering. For the first time, a group of UK organisations from the stammering and speech and language community have collaborated to mark a week of events building up to International Stammering Awareness Day on Thursday 22nd October 2015. More: Joint Press Release (pdf).
Awareness raising posters at EY
The poster template is designed in such a way that each member of the the Employers Stammering Network can adapt it to their own purpose, changing the image to use some of their own staff.
One comment after the poster launch: 'I’ve never had so many open conversations about my stammer at work and people were really interested to hear about it. I was explaining to one person about the concept of it being ok to stammer and she was just very matter of fact in her response - “of course it’s ok to stammer, why on earth would anyone think otherwise”. And she is quite right.'
More: Raising awareness at EY.
ISAD online conference
The 2015 ISAD Online Conference is at isad.isastutter.org. The conference is free to access. Discussion was live up to 22nd October, but you can still view the conference and discussion. It includes more than 50 papers from around the world, by both people who stammer and professionals, and an 'Ask an Expert' section.
From Anita Blom, one of the organisers: 'We've had so many submissions this year, come and see what PWS and SLTs have to say! We have comedy, cartoons, video, poetry, research and experts (SLTs and Mental Health professionals), so come and join us for this once a year event!'
Video: What is it like to stammer?
Four under 16-year-olds explain what it feels like to have a stammer and how they cope with it: What is it like to stammer?
We also have a page People who stammer speak for themselves which includes a video with adults who stammer, and an article.
What is stammering?
Hard to define, even though everyone knows it when they hear it. What we do know is what impact it can have, what help is out there, and we're beginning to learn what's causing it: What is stammering?
Stammering awareness evening, UCL
UCL Giving Voice Society held a fun and informative event on 21st October www.facebook.com/events/156578088023162/.
Wear a Stammering Awareness Wristband (available from BSA). You can use 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:
- add a twibbon to your existing Facebook or twitter profile picture http://twibbon.com/support/stammering-awareness-day-2 ;
- 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 to your local media - local newspapers, local BBC or other radio stations.
- 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 Closed 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.
- In 2013 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.
And last year Kane (10) created this fantastic information sheet to take to his school for an ISAD event - please feel free to share!
Why not tell us what your doing on our Facebook group.