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Website updates July to August 2021

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Last updated 24th July 2021.

Face masks/coverings and stammering

Face masks/coverings and stammering updated to reflect the abolition of face covering regulations in England. However some businesses and organisations – for example hospitals and Transport for London (TfL) – still require customers or patients etc to wear a face covering. Also some employers require staff to wear one. What rights do you have if this causes you difficulties speaking?

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 announced on 23rd July that Apple had issued an update of its operating system to stop this. See Apple stammering emoji.

Proving discrimination

I’ve updated the Proving discrimination page generally, but particularly as regards:

  • the Supreme Court’s decision in Efobi v Royal Mail Group (23rd July 2021) which reasserts that the Equality Act did not change the rules on shift of burden of proof to the employer. There is still an initial burden of proof on the claimant.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

New page Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). Some university students may wish to claim DSA to fund additional costs or support related to a stammer.

Services: Connection with Great Britain

Connection with Great Britain: services updated, particularly the section on online services (“information society services”).

Examples of jobs

On Examples of jobs done by people who stammer:

CRPD post-Brexit technical note

Technical note added on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) post-Brexit – about SI 2009/1181 which designates the CRPD as one of the “Community Treaties”: Technical note: Post-Brexit relevance of CRPD as an EU treaty?

20th anniversary of stammeringlaw, 1999-2019