Website updates September to October 2020

Stammering case with impact statement, 2020 Impact statement and other documents used in an employment tribunal case in 2020, arguing that the stammer (a severe one) was a disability within the Equality Act. See Stammering case with impact statement, 2020. Also new Proving disability page. Staff disability networks Apart from stammering networks, any network for … Read more

“Find the right words” campaign by Stamma

This campaign aims to kick-start a conversation around the negative language used when talking about stammering, and help those who don’t stammer to understand that this is just how some people talk. It uses outdoor digital adverts and social media. Do engage with the campaign on social media: stamma.org/findtherightwords. You can download ISAD social media … Read more

Website updates July to August 2020

Stammering starting in adulthood Disability: Stammering starting in adulthood updated. Also summary of Walker v Sita, 2013 expanded and update of SCA Packaging v Boyle, 2009. Justification test in indirect discrimination Indirect discrimination>Justification defence added, plus case on it from a couple of years ago: City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd t/a Oxford Bus Company … Read more

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Social distancing for the Covid-19 can present extra challenges for people who stammer. The move away from meeting face-to-face due to social distancing requirements (below) can create particular difficulties if one has a stammer. Equality Act obligations still apply, but they are applying to new situations, and what is reasonable or justifiable will be affected … Read more

Website updates May to June 2020

New tribunal decisions on stammering Customer service job In G v British Airways, the employment tribunal refused to allow a claimant to amend his claim to add disability discrimination related to stammering. From listening to him, the tribunal said there was a “discernible, very mild stammer” which the tribunal very much doubted was a disability. … Read more

Website updates March to April 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Social distancing for Coronavirus can present extra challenges for people who stammer, as regards both employment and services. How might the Equality Act apply? See Coronavirus (Covid-19). Another issue is that courts are moving to more telephone and video hearings due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). How this impacts on stammering and other disabilities … Read more

Website updates January to February 2020

Brexit Brexit page updated: The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 has now received Royal Assent, so UK membership of the EU is set to end on 31st January 2020 under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. However the UK will remain bound by almost all EU law during the ‘implementation period’ until the end of … Read more

Website updates November to December 2019

Special educational needs (SEN) Resolving disputes in schools and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and stammering updated, including for the 2014 SEN Code of Practice. Brexit Brexit page updated: Following the General Election result, the UK’s membership of the EU is likely to end on 31st January 2020, on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. However … Read more

Website updates September to October 2019

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, and election Brexit page updated for these: See Brexit>Where we are. Leaving EU membership (exit day) has now been postponed to 31st January 2020, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in 2019. Under the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, now pulled from Parliament, broadly European Union law would continue to apply … Read more

Stammering Pride and Prejudice: book

New book launched September 2019. ‘Stammering Pride and Prejudice: Difference not Defect’ challenges the stereotype that stammering is inherently negative. It positions stammering as a different, valuable and respected way of speaking. It is the first published book exploring stammering from the perspective of the social model of disability, written for people who stammer and … Read more