The 10th National Stammering Awareness Day

Stuttering Pride – Respect, Dignity, Recognition

The 10th National Stammering Awareness Day takes place on October 22nd 2016 in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin.
 The theme for this year is: Stuttering Pride – Respect, Dignity, Recognition.
 NSAD was established
 by Michael O’Shea and Jonathon Linklater in 2007. In its 10 years NSAD has enjoyed many international and homegrown speakers, run workshops for children and parents and brought closer together the community of people who stammer. NSAD has featured informative and enjoyable sessions including face painting for kids, drama with ISAYiT! and the
 Gaiety School of Acting, student presentations, research studies, academic presentations and inspiring stories from hundreds of people who stammer. These people who stammer (possibly including you) have come together to
 use their voices, listen to others, meet up and to support other people who stammer. NSAD has been generously funded by Speak Soon Communications. Additional support has come from Irish Stammering Association – who have operated workshops for parents, children and teenagers who stutter – as well as Irish McGuire Programme. ISA extends a special invitation to you for this 10th National Stammering Awareness Day. Entry
 is free and people who stutter, their friends and families are invited to learn more about stammering 
in a supportive and 
safe environment. The provisional programme can be found below. We hope that you can make this special event.

Saturday October 22nd 2016 (10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.), Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

The day starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4.30 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.

Time Speaker
10 Opening Welcome – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
10:05 Icebreaker
10:15 Callum Wells (person who stutters and speech and language therapist)
10:30 Patrick O’Hanlon (Person who stutters)
11:00 Coffee Tea & coffee break
11:30 Keynote: Michael Ryan (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)
12:00 Karen Nelligan (Person who stutters)
12:15 Ray Croke (Person who stutters)
12:30 Keynote: Mary Moorehead (Irish McGuire Programme)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Keynote: Dr. Triona Lanigan (Talk Title: Beyond words, a psychological approach to stammering)
14.30 Madeleine Foley (parent of teenager who stutters)
14:45 Mary O’Dwyer (speech and language therapist)
15:00 Keynote: Dr. Shelly Jo Kraft (Wayne State University, USA)
15:30 Robert O’Brien (Person who stutters)
15:45 Ian Hickey and Patrick Campbell (Irish Stammering Association and British Stammering Association)
16:10 Closing comments – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
16:30 Close

ISA sessions

11:00 – 13:45 : Breakout room: ISAYiT! drama group facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting

13:00 – 13:10 : Irish Stammering Association – Extraordinary General Meeting
13:10 – 13.50 : Main Room: ISA Parent Support Network meeting (all parents welcome)

Extraordinary General Meeting – 22nd October 2016

In line with the requirements of the Companies Act 2014, the Irish Stammering Association proposes to replace their existing Memorandum and Articles of Association with a constitution encompassing both of these documents. In order to do this, there will be an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish Stammering Association at the National Stammering Awareness Day at 1 p.m. on 22 nd October in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin 8. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to deal with the adoption of the following special resolution: “That, following a review of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Irish Stammering Association, and in order to update same for reasons of best practice and to ensure continued corporate compliance with the Companies Act, that the amended Constitution, but subject to the approval of the Charities Regulator, the Revenue Commissioners, the Registrar of Companies, the Company adopt the Constitution attached to this notice in submission for the existing Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company”.

The test of the constitution can be found below Proposed-Constitution-of-the-ISA

ISAYiT! summer camp 2016

ISAYiT! summer camp takes place from 18th to 22nd July from 10am to 2pm each day and will be held in Temple Bar. There will be games, activities, drama, people to meet and lots of fun of course.

Cost is €100 for week. Text or call Veronica on 086 0736328 or Jonathon on 0871210044 for more information or to book a place.  Financial assistance with fee is available.

ISAYiT! summer camps offer young people who stammer between the ages of 8 and 17 years an opportunity to express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they will not be judged by how they speak.

Feedback from young people and parents from previous groups has been very positive.

From ISAYiT! participants…

“I can be myself”

“I was able to talk in front of an audience”

“Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect”

“I had a great time and met lots of new friends”

Parents said, my child learned…

“that she can do things and not to assume she can’t”

“to take risks and relax”

“that he’s not the only one and he’s more confident in himself”


Presentation Skills course June 2016


ISA is running another Presentation Skills course for adults who stutter. It will be delivered by Donal Courtney from Gaiety School of Acting

on Saturday 18th & 25th June from 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. in Dublin City Centre.

This course is open to adults who stammer and looks at all aspects of

presenting and communicating. The cost is €50 for members or €70 for

non members which includes a year’s membership. Financial assistance with fee & travel is available.

For information on Donal see

For more information send an email to or text or call 0871210044

We are going to the Zoo (Part 2)

YoungISA are going to the zoo! (you can come too)
We’re going on a trip to Dublin Zoo on Sunday May 29th.
We went last year and had a fun time. Once again, we’ll be getting a special tour where we go behind the scenes with the zookeepers. We’ll getting close up with some of the animals – but not too close!
The zoo has over 400 animals and is one of the world’s oldest and popular zoos. We’ll be learning about wild animals and those which are endangered.
The trip will be subsidised and is open from children aged 8-16 years. If you’d like more information, please email us at or contact 0871210044



Walk and Talk Summer 2016






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 through Dalkey village and up Killiney Hill. A walk up Killiney Hill offers panoramic views of Dublin city and environs. As the group will walk for 2 hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. ŽHow do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before May 22nd 2016 by contacting ŽWhat should I bring? Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid. ŽPlease contact for further details.

Caint gan Eagla – 2016

Caint gan Eagla

Talk without fear

ISA Conference Day 2016

April 16th 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham


Mix and mingle – tea and coffee at 1 p.m.

ISA Chairman’s address: Michael Ryan

Dr. Triona Lanigan & Sarah McCormack

“Breaking down the iceberg; tips for coping with the psychological impact of stammering”

Aisling Keogh, speech and language therapist

“Practical tips for parents of children who stammer”.

Free for ISA members, or €20 to attend for non-members.

You can join ISA for €20 on the day.



Stutterer wins Oscar


Stutterer, an Irish/UK co-production won an Oscar for best live action short film at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. Dublin-born Benjamin Cleary, wrote, directed and edited the film, accepted the award last night.  Producers Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, and director of photography Michael Paleodimos were also present to collect the statuette.  Irish Stammering Association would like to congratulate the cast and crew!

The 12-minute film features a young man who stutters severely.  It gives a glimpse into the everyday experience of his world, his thoughts, and – essentially – portrays what life can be like for someone who stutters.

Stuttering (or stammering) is a communication difficulty characterised by sound repetitions, prolongations and blocks.  It can lead to anxiety around speaking and speaking situations; it can lead to social isolation and it can limit opportunities both educationally and professionally.  Irish Stammering Association offers a range of support groups for both children and adults who stutter; details are on our website.

For media enquiries, please contact 0871210044 or email ISA


Website update

isaisbeingupdated-01The ISA website is being updated, starting with a new style. We hope you like it and find it easier to navigate. Over the coming months you will see a number of changes to the site. We are working on making everything easier for you to find and get the information you need.  We will still be running our support groups around the country and our online groups.

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