Website updates January to February 2022

Updated information for employers from Stamma (British Stammering Association) Update of links from my website to new/revised Stamma pages Recruiting someone who stammers (stamma.org) and Supporting an employee who stammers (stamma.org), for employers. Expiry of face covering regulations (England) Face masks/coverings and stammering updated on the English regulations being allowed to lapse at the end … 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

Petition: “No diversity without dysfluency”, 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. Stamma explains the campaign and what you can do at No diversity without … 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

Apple stammering emoji

Many users of iPhones and iPads found that a ‘woozy face’ emoji automatically appeared when typing the word “stammering” into messages. Stamma (the British Stammering Association) said in a July 2021 press release: “This is demeaning and damaging. Stammering is how some people talk. Treating it as a joke is stigmatising. It can leave people … Read more