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

20th anniversary of stammeringlaw

Stammeringlaw is 20 years old in Autumn 2019. I started this website back in Autumn 1999. We had the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 but so far as I knew no one had really looked at how it applied to stammering, and indeed whether it did. My partner and I would sometimes talk about the DDA … Read more

Website updates July to August 2019

Proposed changes on enforcement of Equality Act Proposals in various reports on enforcing the Equality Act, including two 2019 reports: House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee: Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the EHRC, July 2019; Equality and Human Rights Commission: Access to legal aid for discrimination cases, June 2019. … Read more

50 Million Voices: stuttering and work

50 Million Voices is the campaign bringing together leaders from across the world to collaborate, share good practice, and transform the world of work for people who stammer. Societal bias means that millions of people who stammer are either unemployed or in jobs which are well below their potential. Employers and colleagues often falsely equate intelligence … Read more

Stamma poster campaign

British Stammering Association’s new Stamma campaign launched today, 18th July. The campaign aims to give the public an insight into what it means to stammer, dispel stereotypes and encourage people to take stammering seriously. The ads are going on bus stops and outdoor advertising space in the UK. A further screen says “stamma.org/join, STAMMA, Join … Read more