22 october (2021): International Stuttering Awareness Day

International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD), or International Stammering Awareness Day, is an annual celebration held on October 22. It was first held in the UK and Ireland, in 1998. The day is intended to raise public awareness of the issues faced by millions of people – one percent of the world’s population – who stutter, or stammer.

Every year, stuttering communities and associations around the world get together, put on events and campaign to highlight how certain aspects of society can be difficult for people who stammer; to challenge negative attitudes and discrimination; and to debunk myths that people who stammer are nervous or less intelligent.

ISAD also celebrates the many notable figures who stammer who have made a mark on the world now and throughout history in the fields of science, politics, philosophy, art, cinema and music.

ISAD includes an online conference, running annually from October 1 to 22 each year, targeted at people with an interest in stuttering as well as speech-language pathologists and their clients. The conferences, held every year since 1998, are all still available online. More boys than girls stutter by a ratio of 8 to 1. However, girls are less successful in eliminating their stutter as they mature.

Worldwide there are public awareness events, a media campaign, educational activities and online resources.

In an article published in the UK magazine Community Care to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day, Irina Papencheva from the Bulgarian Stuttering Association and Phil Madden from the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities demanded a fresh start in attitudes towards stammering, saying that “everyone has the responsibility to be aware, to be sensitive in our conversations and meetings” and to remember that stuttering is “not funny”.

3 thoughts on “22 october (2021): International Stuttering Awareness Day

  1. I’m not sure why I opened this post since if I’m stressed or depressed I have only to open my mouth (reluctantly) to know all I need to know. Keep away from other people, which I do quite well all the time.

  2. Only 1%? That surprises me as I have had several friends over the years who stutter.
    My first encounter was in school when I was a kid, and the poor guy was either teased mercilessly by our classmates or “helped out” by people with good intentions who tried to finish every sentence for him. Only a couple of us other “misfits” who were not part of the popular crowd befriended him and learnt how to allow him to speak on his own.
    The few stutterers I have known have been as sharp as anyone and quite capable, IF given the chance to work on their own or at least finish their sentences. We don’t diss people who say “um” or “ah” as they collect their thoughts and don’t even get me started on twerps who cannot say a sentence with less the three “likes” throughout.
    “Like” you know “like” what I “like” mean?” 😉

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