Website updates March to April 2022

Whether lack of knowledge relevant to s.15 justification defence City of York Council v Grosset>Justification: tribunal entitled to consider medical evidence not available to the employer added to cover a point made more by the EAT than the Court of Appeal. The Grosset case was in 2018. Also changes to Knowledge of causal link with … Read more

STAMMA in the cinema: “No diversity without dysfluency”

STAMMA’s ad campaign calling for greater stammering representation in the media is now showing in cinemas across the UK. With the support of Pearl & Dean, selected cinemas nationally are showing the one-and-a-half-minute film from STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) until October 2022. The list of cinemas is attached to STAMMA advert on a screen … Read more

Social model: new research paper

An excellent new research paper discusses both benefits and limitations of understanding stammering through the social model of disability. The paper Stuttering and the social model by Constantino, Campbell and Simpson is free to read and download until 22nd April 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2022.106200. One of the co-authors introduces the research paper in this twitter thread. The … Read more

Website updates January to February 2022

C v Menzies Aviation: stammer held to be a disability New employment tribunal decision on stammering: C v Menzies Aviation. The claimant alleged he had been mimicked due to his stammer, and claimed disability discrimination. The tribunal held his stammer was a disability within the Equality Act. Its effect was much more than trivial. While … Read more

Website updates November to December 2021

Knowledge of disability in reasonable adjustment claims against service providers etc New page Knowledge of disability in anticipatory reasonable adjustment claims, ie reasonable adjustment claims against service providers and bodies exercising a public function. An area where the law is unclear. I’ve taken the previous discussion of this from Reasonable adjustments by service providers page … Read more

Employment Clinic appeal by STAMMA

STAMMA is raising funds to formally launch its Employment Clinic and support people who stammer with work-related issues. Can you help? STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) has raised £13k of £19k needed to formally launch the Clinic. It needs to raise £6k by Christmas. Donate at STAMMA’s Employment Clinic Appeal (justgiving.com).

N v Packaging Automation: need for evidence of disability

A worker with a stammer was dismissed and claimed disability discrimination. The tribunal held he did not have a disability within the Equality Act. Colleagues said his stammer sounded only slight. The tribunal acknowledged that a stammer may also have hidden effects. However in this case the tribunal did not have sufficient evidence that the … Read more

Website updates September to October 2021

Petition: “No diversity without dysfluency” 22nd October is International Stammering Awareness Day. Stamma, the British Stammering Association, is calling on media organisations around the world to ensure that on television and on the radio we hear people who stammer. Not just when the subject of stammering comes up, but throughout the year, every year. Petition: … Read more

Website updates July to August 2021

Participants needed for study about experience of witnesses who stammer in court A forensic linguistics student at Cardiff University is looking for adults who stammer and have been witnesses in court, and also Registered Intermediaries, to participate in a study. See Participants needed for study about experience of witnesses who stammer in court. Face masks/coverings … Read more

New guide for universities on stammering

STAMMA and STUC have produced a new guide Supporting students who stammer in higher education (pdf, stamma.org). This guide by STAMMA (stamma.org) and STUC (stuc-uk.org) should be invaluable for universities looking to create an inclusive environment for students who stammer. It gives many examples of what universities can do to support students, ranging from admission … Read more