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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.

Talk about stammering and use our Talking about stammering poster. Wear a Stammering Awareness Wristband, or change your Facebook picture, to mark International Stammering Awareness Day.

Stammering can feel quite like… online buffering

Worth the wait. Musharaf Ashgar stammers but it doesn't matter much. Why? Because what he says is more important than how he says it. Do you agree? Please feel free to share the images, find them here.

You could use the first image as your Facebook cover picture and/or the second as your profile picture.

Worth the wait. George VI stammered but it doesn't matter much. Why? Because what he says is more important than how he says it. Join BSA free today.


HEAR in Hull

HEAR in Hull is an arts project to promote understanding of how to listen to people who stammer. It is part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017,

There are messages from people who stammer, portraits of famous people who stammer created by art students, an animation #mystammeringtap created by Fuzzfeed’s Peter Snelling, and posters around the city. You can watch the animation here.

The timetable includes an exhibition during October, a launch event on 20th October, and release of the animation on YouTube on 21st October, plus events in November and December. For more, go to HEAR in Hull, Oct-Dec 2017.

Who Stammer.

Stammering Awareness event on Facebook Live

Facebook Live Stream of UCL Giving Voice event - on the the BSA Facebook page. The event was on Wednesday 1st November. More: Watch on Facebook Live: UCL Stammering Awareness event.

What else has been happening for ISAD 2017?

There have been stammering awareness stalls, a Huffington Post blog, videos and more. Examples of what people have done: Stammering Awareness Day 2017.

ISAD online conference

ISAD logoThe 2017 ISAD Online Conference is now live online and available for free. It runs from 1st to 22nd October.

Papers include stories and experiences with stammering by people who stammer, research, therapy and support, and creative expression.

Up to 22nd October you can comment and ask questions about the papers. (After the 22nd you can still view the conference but new comments can no longer be added).

You can visit and take part in the conference at http://isad.isastutter.org/isad-2017/papers-presented-by/

There is also a Talk to a Professional section where you can ask questions about stammering.

The conference is run by the International Stuttering Association.

Use ISAD to talk about stammering

'Talking about stammering' posterTalking about stammering is how we can all improve the lives of people who stammer.

International Stammering Awareness Day is a great opportunity to talk to the general public about stammering. Only by talking openly about stammering will we gradually remove the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding it. And there’s an additional benefit to us as well – talking about it is therapeutic in its own right!

All of us can help in some way to get the important messages across.

But how do we go about it? And what do we say? Go to Use ISAD to talk about stammering, where you can also download our Talking about stammering poster.

Video: What is it like to stammer?

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?

Going green for ISAD

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:

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

And in 2014 Kane (10) created this fantastic information sheet to take to his school for an ISAD event - please feel free to share! Kane's Helpful Tips for his school

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