A look back at some of the events that took place this International Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD), 22nd October 2018.
Alexandra Ford from The Fluency Trust, which runs residential courses for young people who stammer, tells us, ‘In partnership with Swindon Borough Council we celebrated ISAD 2018 by getting involved in 'Stammering Rocks', an awareness-raising campaign started by Liverpool's The Willy Russell Centre for Stammering Children and Adults Who Stammer. Young people and therapists painted awareness-raising messages on rocks and hid them across the country, urging whoever found them to share a photo of them on social media. There's been a great response, with posts being made by the general public in this Facebook group. You can also use the hashtag #stammeringrocks on Twitter to see them. Why not try your own and keep sharing?’
An ISAD event was held at Birmingham City University featuring a line-up of speakers sharing their stories and experiences. One of those speakers, Adam Wright, was being filmed for a short documentary about him and his stammer, which you can watch below:
In another great bit of awareness raising, Adam was also featured on Channel 5 News that very same night: https://www.facebook.com/C5News/videos/the-man-who-conquered-his-stammer...
The Scottish Stammering Network launched the final video in their #HearThePerson series to celebrate ISAD. In the film, Fraser talks openly and honestly about what it's like being a teenager with a stammer today, and how he has learnt to embrace it. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishStammeringNetwork/videos/27023802029907...
The University College London (UCL) Stammering Awareness Event 2018, provided an opportunity for a packed audience to hear about stammering, directly from those who experience it. Co-hosted by Giving Voice and the BSA, and streamed live on our Facebook page, a range of speakers talked about a wide range of topics such as stammering and acting. Watch the whole thing back here:
Karate Galactic, aka Kieran Gallagher, released his single 'Second Word War' in time for ISAD, with all proceeds going to the BSA. Check it out below.
If you did anything to mark International Stammering Awareness Day this year, we'd love to hear about it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of The Fluency Trust's courses in 2019 for young people aged 10-12 and 13-17, go to: https://thefluencytrust.org.uk/courses.html