International Stuttering Awareness Day – Budget 2016 response

October 22nd is International Stuttering Awareness Day.  The Irish Stammering Association (ISA) welcomes last week’s Budget 2016 announcement by Minister Howlin that funding will be made available for children’s speech and language therapy services.

Around 5% of children will stammer; a condition characterized by sound repetitions, prolongations and blocks in its early stages. Some children will recover from stammering but around 1% of adults continue to stammer.  Stammering can lead to avoidance of speaking situations, embarrassment, frustration and people not fulfilling their potential; whatever their age.

 

Commenting on the Budget announcement ISA Chairperson Michael Ryan said: “While we welcome increased investment into speech and language therapy services, we note that waiting lists for both assessment and treatment have been problematic around the country for many years. Funding reductions and recruitment embargos have far reaching consequences. Delays in access to services for children who stammer reduce their chances of recovery. Services for adults who stammer are limited or non-existent in many areas; research shows that adults who are supported can contribute more positively to society and to the economy.”

“Irish Stammering Association calls for investment in services to support people who stammer throughout their lives. Services in the early years of stammering offer the best chance of recovery. However, it is also important to offer services for those who are older, to give them the best possible support to their education and employment, allowing them to contribute fully to society,” said Mr Ryan.

 

This year’s theme for International Stuttering Awareness Day is ‘Spread the Word – Education, Cooperation, Communication’.  By working together we can reduce the isolation associated with stuttering and see people who stammer playing a positive role.  Irish Stammering Association will continue to monitor services for children and adults who stutter over the coming months to ensure that those who find it difficult to speak up are still listened to.

Caint Gan Eagla – Conference Day 2014 – Talk Without Fear

ISA is pleased to announce details of Conference Day 2014 for everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer.

Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to some great speakers and to meet other people who stammer. There will be facilitated sessions for adults who stammer, young people, and a group for parents too.

ISA AGM will take place in the afternoon too.

Agenda for the Day:

09:30 Registration

10:00 ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch

10:30 Men’s Phone Group

10:40 Video

10:50 Icebreaker (Icemelter?!) session.

11:10 Tips for teachers and parents: Callum Wells

11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:50 Women’s Leadership Launch

12:10 International Communication Project 2014

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Breakout sessions

 • Support groups for adults (facilitated by ISA group leaders)

• ISAYiT! drama introduction for young people who stutter facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting

• Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells and Aisling Keogh, SLTs)

14:45 Talk without fear: Pamela Mertz via Skype.

15:15 Closing session

15:30 ISA Annual General Meeting

16:00 Close

Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 (see map)

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE to ISA members (€20 to join ISA for the year)

Car parking: Car parking is available at the Hilton Kilmainaham.  The first 1.5hr
is complimentary and €3 per hour thereafter or €7 per day; delegates
will pay their own accounts

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more details drop us a line: info@stammeringireland.ie

Agenda for Caint Gan Eagla 2011

Here is the agenda for ‘Caint gan Eagla’ 2011.

Saturday 16th April 2011, Hilton Hotel Kilmainham:

11 a.m. Chairman’s address – Stephen Greene
11.15 a.m. Quiz – Jonathon Linklater and Veronica Lynch
11.40 a.m. Aisling Keogh – Media and ISA
12 p.m. Joe O’Donnell – Irish McGuire Programme
12.30 p.m. Ciarán Kenny – Speech and Language Therapist
1 p.m. AGM
2 p.m. Breakout sessions
– Self Help Groups
– Parents Support Network
– YoungISA! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
3. p.m. Young ISA presentations – Cathal Quinn and ISAYiT
3.20 p.m. Summary and Close

Click here to view the Agenda for the AGM, which takes place at 1pm. and includes a resolution to incorporate the ISA as a company limited by guarantee