Autumn Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its Autumn Walk and Talk on Sunday 5th November in North County Dublin. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Howth Head, Dublin
Date and time: 12 pm, November 5th 2017
Meeting Point: Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross
Length of walk: A leisurely two hours

Who is it for?
This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they take in the stunning views of a less trodden section of the Howth Coastal Path. We will meet outside the main door of the Marine Hotel in Sutton which is a short walk from Sutton Dart station. We will then drive down Strand Road towards Red Rock, where our walk begins. Transport will be provided to anyone travelling by public transport. As the group will walk for around 2 hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part?
Please express your interest in this event before the November 2nd 2017 by contacting mail@stammeringireland.ie

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids. Contact mail@stammeringireland.ie for further details.

National Stammering Awareness Day – Schedule

The 11th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 21st in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin from 10 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘A world that understands stuttering’. The day is free to attend and all are welcome.

A full schedule of speakers and breakout sessions can be found below along with biographies for each of our invited speakers.

Breakout sessions : Irish Stammering Association will be running a Parent Support Network meeting at 1 pm. in the Main Room.

ISAYiT! drama group will be facilitated by Charlie Hughes (Gaiety School of Acting) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Conor Foran’s work ‘The Curious Paradox’ will be exhibited at the rear of the main room.

Schedule :

10 : Welcome – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
10:05 : Icebreaker
10:15 : Conor Foran
10:30 : Grant Meredith

11:00 : Tea & coffee break

11:30 : Brian Dempsey (Irish McGuire Programme)
12:00 : Dr Mary O’Dwyer
12:30 : David Heney (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)

13:00 : Lunch break

14:00 : Shannen McEwen
14:15 : Dr Jonathon Linklater
14:45 : Bevin Murphy and Veronica Lynch
15:00 : Charlie Hughes – Gaiety School of Acting – presentation skills for people who stutter
16:00 : Aidan Greene
16:30 : Jamie Googan
16:45 : Nina G
17:15 : Closing comments – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
: Wine reception

Speaker biographies :

Conor Foran :

Conor Foran is a recent graduate of the National College of Art & Design, with a degree in Visual Communication and Visual Culture. Being a stammerer all his life, Conor chose to explore his speech impediment through book design and typography for his graduate work. His publication, The Curious Paradox, aims to shed light upon the presence of stammering in our society through a series of interviews. The work uses a customised font which stretches and repeats to mimic the voice of the stammerer. The publication has since reached the finals for the Best Student Book Category in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017, with the ceremony taking place in London this November.

Grant Meredith :

Grant Meredith lectures in Information Technology and is the Associate Dean of Student Retention and Success for the Faculty of Science and Technology. Grant leads the Technologies for Empowering People for Participation in Society programme which aims to enable the lives of people the world over through the radical design of free software solutions. Grant is an active researcher and presenter within the fields of educational equity, assertive technologies and emerging technologies. He has been named best lecturer of the year for his university 3 times and in 2015 was named the Alumnus of the Year. Grant is actively engaged within the stuttering world advocating stuttering pride and sits as a community representative on Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board. In the stuttering world he is seen as a “triple threat” as he blocks, repeats and also prolongs.

Brian Dempsey :

I’m a car mechanic from Dublin and I’m a graduate of the McGuire Programme. I’ve had a stammer for as long as I have remembered. Growing up with a stammer was extremely frustrating as my whole life was being controlled by it. I could never do what I wanted to do and manipulated people to do as much for me as possible so I could speak as little as possible. I joined the McGuire programme in 2011 and I am a coach and a course instructor on the programme. Since then me as a person I’ve completely change by accepting myself as a person who stammers and I’ve made that apart of who I am and just given me the confidence to speak. For I’m in control on how I speak and not letting my stammer control me. I finally have a voice and now able to go about work and life without having the fear of stammering and caring what people think of me if I do stutter on a word.

Dr Mary O’Dwyer :

Mary works as a Speech and Language Therapist with HSE (South). Mary has a particular interest in working with children and adults who stutter and their families. Mary views stuttering as a complex phenomenon involving behavior, thoughts, and feelings, while the importance of each of these varies from person to person. Her current interests include developing the use of mindfulness and narrative therapy in her work with children and adults who stutter. She has undertaken the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders post graduate qualification and has recently completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin.

David Heney :

David Heney has been involved in the Irish Stammering Association since 2006 when he first attended the Dublin Support Group. He has been on the Board of the ISA since 2010, and took over as chair of the ISA from Michael Ryan earlier this year. David has stammered all his life but didn’t undertake any speech therapy as a child. Since discovering the Irish Stammering Community he has undertaken the Dublin Adult Stuttering programme and currently facilitates the ISA Dublin Support Group. He has made many friends in the stammering community and believes that meeting other people who stammer and sharing experiences has been an important aspect to working on his speech. It has also shown him that having a stammer does not need to hold you back, whatever you want to do! He is married to Jennifer and works as a civil servant in Dublin.

Shannen McEwen :

Shannen McEwen is my name, I’m from Letterkenny in Co. Donegal and I am a Primary Coach on the McGuire Programme. I have had a stammer since I was 3 years old and growing up, I was controlled by my stammer and it frustrated me as I could not say what I wanted to say. The fear of stammering in front of people had always held me back from various speaking situations and in June 2016, I finally had enough of it and I joined the McGuire Programme. The McGuire programme has given me so much confidence in myself. A year ago I couldn’t say my own name or where I was from without stammering and now I can actually say what I want and not hold back. It’s finally given me a voice, a voice that I’ve kept quiet for 23 years because I was too scared to speak. I now control my stammer, rather than letting it control me.

Dr Jonathon Linklater :

Dr Jonathon Linklater, a speech and language therapist, stutters himself. Specializing in fluency disorders, he established an intensive therapy program called the Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) course in 2005. Jonathon co-founded the private practice SpeechMatters.ie in Dublin in 2011. He has been involved with the Irish Stammering Association since 2003 and is currently the Development Manager for the charity. Since completing the European Clinical Specialism in Fluency Disorders in 2009, Jonathon has completed his PhD at the University of Limerick, with guidance from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. He is past chair of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists; the professional body for Speech and Language Therapists. He likes to make the occasional film.

Bevin Murphy :

Hello, my name is Bevin and I’m 19 years old. I am currently a student at IADT and I’m studying English, Media and Cultural Studies. I have been a member of the ISA for as long as I can remember and I fully support everything that they do. I am also a member of the ISAYiT! group that is within the ISA and I love it! My presentation today is about my transition from Secondary School to College and how my stammer has impacted on this change. Through my experience of having a stammer I want to help people find their voice. That is something I truly believe in too! I believe we all have a voice that is worth sharing.

Veronica Lynch :

Veronica is a person who stammers and a parent of a young adult who stammers. She has been an active member of Irish Stammering Association for over 9 years and served on the Board as Treasurer and Chairman. Veronica has a special interest in young people who stammer and their parents and is involved in supporting both through ISA’s projects such as ISAYiT! And Parent Support Network. Although Veronica has stammered for as long as she can remember, her stammer and her attitude to it has changed considerably. Doing speech therapy for the first time 12 years ago and becoming involved with ISA have both played a major part in those changes. Her presentation today will offer some ideas on supporting young people who stammer in education.

Aidan Greene :

Aidan Greene is a multi award-winning Comedian from Cavan. He’s a regular across all of Ireland’s top comedy clubs and festivals and is just back from an acclaimed sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show (500) Days of Stammer. As featured on the Moth Podcast.

Nina G :

Nina G is the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one). She is a comedian, disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity. Nina shares her wit and wisdom with corporations, colleges, community/Disability awareness events and media interviews.

Coming soon and worth waiting for…

Jamie Googan
Charlie Hughes

National Stammering Awareness Day 2017

The 11th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 21st in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin from 10 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘A world that understands stuttering’.

As you may recall, at last year’s NSAD, Michael O’Shea stood down from his involvement in the event that he and Jonathon Linklater had coordinated together since 2007. Michael was keen for Irish Stammering Association to take over the running of NSAD. We acknowledge and thank Michael and Monica O’Shea for their hard work and dedication to 10 years of NSAD.

As well as having our traditional speakers from Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme we’ll have a range of speakers to encourage, inspire and get you thinking. Keeping with this year’s global theme, we will have two Skype speakers including Nina G stuttering stand up comedian and activist who joins us from San Francisco. Closer to home, NCAD graduate Conor Foran will exhibit his design work ‘The Curious Paradox’ – nominated for the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards Shortlist.

ISA Parents’ Support Network will take place at 1.00 p.m. where family members can share experiences and chat informally. ISAYiT! drama group for young people will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition, Charlie Hughes from the Gaiety School of Acting will be giving a talk on presentation skills for adults in the afternoon.

Our day will close with a drinks reception that all are welcome to attend. A full timetable can be found here.

Parking and public transport

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel has a preferential all day parking rate of €7. This operates on a first come fist service; you must pay for this parking at reception to avail of the special rate. Alternative parking can be found at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Public transport serves Hilton Kilmainham with LUAS stops at Heuston Station and Suir Road, and several Dublin Bus routes. The Transport for Ireland website gives real time information to assist your travel.

Summer Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its Summer Walk and Talk on Sunday 23rd July in South County Dublin. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Hellfire Club, Co. Dublin
Date and time: 2pm on 23rd July 2017
Meeting Point: Hellfire Club car park, 4kms south of Ballyboden in County Dublin
Length of walk: A leisurely 1½ hours

Who is it for?
This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they make their way up through the forest towards the old Hellfire Club. The Hellfire Club is one of the best- preserved 18th century hunting lodges in Ireland. Originally built in 1726, the lodge was burnt in a fire and abandoned sometime in the 1750s, but not before it had taken on the name the Hellfire Club. This walk offers spectacular views across Dublin city. After returning to the car park, we will finish our Walk and Talk by driving the short distance to Timbertrove café for refreshments. As the group will walk for 1½ hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part?
Please express your interest in this event before Wednesday July 19th 2017 by contacting mail@stammeringireland.ie

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid.

Please contact mail@stammeringireland.ie for further details.

Summer drama camps for young people who stammer

Irish Stammering Association will be hosting its ISAYiT! Summer Camp for young people from 10th to 14th July in Dublin.

The camp offers a young people an opportunity to meet other people who stammer in a safe, fun environment. ISAYiT! is open to young people who stammer between the ages of 8 and 17 years; they can express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they will not be judged by how they speak. All camps are supervised by experienced staff in collaboration with the Gaiety School of Acting. Cost is €100 for week.

ISAYiT! one day workshop will take place in Dublin on Sunday June 25th (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

You can register your interest by emailing: mail@stammeringireland.ie

You can also text or call Veronica on 086 0736328 or Jonathon on 083 8830001 for more information. Financial assistance with fee is available.

A night of stuttering stand up comedy

Irish Stammering Association presents a night of stand up comedy featuring three acts who – as well as being funny – also stutter. Conor O’Toole hosts our evening with these three fine acts:

– Aidan Green – “(500) Days of Stammer”

– Nina G – “San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian*” [*granted she is the only one]

– Mark Noonan – “the king of intersectionality and the man for whom sorry isn’t always the hardest word”

The event takes place on Tuesday 20th June in the Workmans Club (Vintage Room), Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. Doors open at 8 p.m.

€10 pay on the door. All proceeds to ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stutter.

We would love to see you there!

Conor O’Toole has been bringing his offbeat comedy stylings to Dublin audiences for over eight years. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, his shows have garnered numerous four and five star reviews. Whether compressing the history of fonts into a light show for children, playing songs about dying professions on his trusty spring-on-a-stick, or eating half of a poisonious dosage of cloves, Conor attempts to entertain people in ways they haven’t been entertained before, and usually succeeds.

Aidan Greene is a multi award-winning Comedian from Cavan. He’s a regular across all of Ireland’s top comedy clubs and festivals. Among other awards he has won the Chortle Student Comedy People’s Choice award and the prestigious Moth Storyslam. Come see him before he heads to the Edinburgh Festival with his show (500) Days of Stammer. He’s an act not to be missed.

Nina G is the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one). She is a comedian, disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity. Nina shares her wit and wisdom with corporations, colleges, community/Disability awareness events and media interviews.

Mark lives in Kildare with his lovely wife and grown-up children (humans and canine) where he devotes his time to promoting world peace. Mark has a long association with ISA and has performed comedy and drama with the Gaiety School of Acting.

Galway Open Day – May 2017

Irish Stammering Association is hosting an Open Day in Galway on 20th May 2017 in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City. ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place on the day.

We will have a range of talks including:
• Chairman’s Address from new ISA Chair David Heney
• Galway support group members talk about the benefits of joining a group
• Opportunity to ‘Ask the expert’ with Dr. Triona Lanigan (counselling psychologist who stutters) and Callum Wells (speech and language therapist who stutters)
• James McCormack – psychotherapist who works with young people in higher education
• Patricia Collins – speech and language therapist who works with kids and teens
• The event starts at 1 p.m. with tea and coffee.
• The day is free to attend and will finish around 3 p.m.

For more details please contact mail@stammeringireland.ie

Travel details are below the poster.

Travel information:

Parking is available at the Harbour Hotel. The first 90 minutes are free, and parking is charged at €2.00 per hour thereafter. Overnight or full day car parking is charged at a maximum of €8.00.

www.citylink.ie have buses from Dublin to Galway every hour starting from 6:45. They leave from Aston/Crampton Quay. They also go from Cork to Galway and from Limerick (Henry Street Garda Station) to Galway though not as regularly as the Dublin buses.

www.gobus.ie also have buses running every hour from the city centre starting from 7:15

Bus Eireann and Irish Rail have services from Dublin to Galway. Bus Eireann also provides services from from Letterkenny to Galway and from Cork to Galway.

New Chairperson of ISA – David Heney

My name is David Heney and I have took over as chairperson of the Irish Stammering Association (ISA) at our Board meeting on the 5th February. First of all I would like to thank Michael Ryan, whom I took over from, and who I am glad to say is remaining on the Board of the ISA.

The last two years have been busy ones for the ISA. Our funding situation had been precarious but I am glad to say that we were successful in our application under the Scheme to Support National Organisation (SSNO) which is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Goverment. This funds the ISA until July 2019 and allows us to plan our activities with a certainty that had been lacking in the past few years.

The ISA Board has implemented an ambitious governance programme, and we were able to sign up as complaint with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland at the end of last year.

The ISA represents the interests of the stammering community in Ireland and I would invite anyone who has an interest in our community to get in contact with us. If you would like to get involved with the ISA, that would be even better. We run a number of support groups, including a number that are run as phone groups, and new members are always welcome. If there isn’t one in your area and you would like to be involved in the setting up of one, we would be very happy to speak to you.

We will be running a number of events over the next few months, both in Dublin and outside. Details will be posted shortly when the arrangements are finalised.

 

Parents’ Support Network : March meeting

Irish Stammering Association Parents’ Support Network will meet in Dublin on Sunday March 12th at 11.15 a.m.

The parent group offers a place where parents (and family members) can meet informally with other parents of children and teens who stutter. Parents of any aged child are welcome to attend the group. At previous groups parents have shared their experiences and knowledge to support other parents of children who stutter.

ISA member Veronica Lynch will be facilitating the group on the morning and it will last approximately 1 – 1/2 hours. Veronica and her daughter both stutter.

The group is free to attend for ISA members but places must be booked in advance by March 9th.

For more details please or to book a place contact Veronica on 086 073 6328 or email Jonathon on jl@stammeringireland.ie