‘Dysfluent journeys’, Barnsley, 15-17 May 2024

Challenging preconceptions around communication and voice. Immersive video installation exploring lived experience of communication disabilities. Colliers Restaurant in Barnsley Hospital, South Yorkshire. 15-17 May 2024, 9:30m – 4:30pm. Free. Open to all: health staff, patients and public. It’s through a door off from Colliers Restaurant behind the Costa counter, in the staff dining area. You … Read more

Website updates March to April 2024

Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently. See Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive. Trial period can be reasonable adjustment In Rentokil … Read more

Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive

STAMMA and others have launched a petition on this. STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently. This would be by changing procedures, and modelling behaviours where … Read more

Rentokil Initial UK v Miller

The claimant was no longer able to do his job, due to his disability. The employer considered him not suitable for an alternative role, but a employment tribunal held it would have been a reasonable adjustment to offer him a trial period in it. The EAT upheld the tribunal decision, saying that a trial period … Read more

Website updates January to February 2024

EAT decision on stammering The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has issued its decision in Glasson v The Insolvency Service. The claimant’s answers in an interview were not full enough, as he limited them due to his stammer. He called this his “restrictive mode”. The employer knew of his stammer. However, the tribunal found the employer … Read more

Positive experience with hospital consultant

The consultant requested a double slot for the next appointment of a patient who stammers. However, this did not happen. A patient who stammers had a positive experience with an NHS hospital consultant. The consultant really listened as the patient explained about her stammer and what was helpful for her. The consultant suggested that she … Read more

University claims it didn’t know of UCAS applicant’s stammer

A sixth former applying to a university was unable to respond as he wished in an online interview with it, as he was anxious and flustered after accidentally being kept for a long time in an online waiting room. What happened A sixth former who stammers, applying for university, filled out a UCAS application form. … Read more

Glasson v The Insolvency Service: Employer not required to adjust interview as unaware of disadvantage

The claimant’s answers in an interview were not full enough, as he limited them due to his stammer. He called this his “restrictive mode”. The employer knew of his stammer. However, the tribunal found the employer did not have actual or constructive knowledge of the disadvantage. The tribunal therefore rejected his claim for reasonable adjustments. … Read more