International Stammering Awareness Day: 22nd October
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.
ISAD online conference: 'People who stutter supporting each other'
The 2013 ISAD Online Conference 'People who stutter supporting each other' is freely available at isad.isastutter.org. After 22nd October you can no longer post comments and questions, but you can still view the conference. There are 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).
BSA Press Releases
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'.
Educating Yorkshire - Channel 4
Broadcast on Thursday 24th Oct, this episode features Musharaf (Mushy P), who has a severe stammer, as he prepares for his GCSE English oral exam. Links to watch online and to some of the media coverage: Educating Yorkshire, Channel 4.
Letter by therapists to local GPs
Speech and language 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. See Letter from Airedale therapists to all GPs in the area.
Stammering Awareness Day video
In September we asked you to record yourself talking about your stammer. We put them together and came up with his video for International Stammering Awareness Day.
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 as jpg);
with someone who doesn't stammer;
wear a sea green ribbon, or sea green clothes.
Why sea green for stammering awareness? Michael Sugarman 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."
ISAD events which have already happened
22nd October: 'Spreading the word' event in Doncaster, with Balloon Launch, Balloon Modelling, and Fire Show.
London Underground fundraising
22nd October: BSA volunteers took part in a fundraising collection at North Greenwich tube station.
'PLUTAS': Please let us talk about stammering - Manchester
19th October: Full day event at Trafford General Hospital.
Comedy night in aid of BSA
18th October. At the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. A Stand-Up Comedy Night in support of our work to help children and adults who stammer.
BSA London Open Day
12th October, at Resource for London in Holloway Rd.
Some other ideas for ISAD
Tweet about ISAD, and update your Facebook status on the day. See above Going green for ISAD for some Facebook images 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 page (www.facebook.com/stammeringbsa);
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;
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.