International Women’s Day – Let’s celebrate!

1% of the world’s population stammer yet women who stammer are outnumbered by about 4 or 5 to 1 by men. That makes us very special indeed.

Today is International Women’s Day and to mark it Irish Stammering Association want to celebrate some famous women who have at some point in their lives stammered. These women can inspire us to reach our potential as women who stammer.

The following women made their mark on the world and showed us that stammering does not have to limit us.

Marilyn Monroe – actress, singer & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Carly Simon – singer & Grammy, Academy & Golden Globe award winner

Margaret Drabble – novelist, biographer & critic

Emily Blunt – actress & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Peggy Lipton – actress & Golden Globe Award winner

Michelle Williams – singer with Destiny’s Child & theatre actress

So, let’s celebrate these women but let us also celebrate our own lives too. As women who stammer, remember, we are daughters, sisters, friends, wives, partners, mothers, work colleagues and so much more and every day we inspire those who know us by our determination and unwillingness to give in despite the difficulties we experience through stammering.

Here are few things you can do if you are a woman who stammers

– Sign up for ISA women’s telephone support group

– Join the ISA and help support adults & children who stammer

Do the Women’s Mini Marathon with other women who stammer to raise money for ISA

– Take part in research to help better understand the causes and treatments for stammering

Enjoy International Women’s Day!

Portlaoise Information Night – Tuesday 6th March

The Irish Stammering Association are running another information night (with a view to setting up support/self-help groups) next week in Laois.

Tuesday, 6th March 2012, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Speakers on both nights -ISA Committee Members, Councillor Michael Ryan, Templemore and Sarah McCormack, Portlaoise, both people who stammer.
We know it can be hard to come into a room of strangers, but we are all in the same boat and we know how it feels. So if you stammer or know someone who stammers and want more information we’d be delighted to meet you.

The ISA self-help groups provides valuable emotional and social support for people who stutter, in a non-judgemental, relaxed environment. The burden of stuttering can be considerable, and you don’t need to carry this alone. Also a great way to make new friends!

All warmly welcome.

Northern Ireland Support Group

The Northern Ireland Support for Stammering and Dysfluency are meeting in Ten Square, Donegall Square South (corner of Adelaide St) Belfast, every 1st Monday from 6-9pm.

People who stammer as well as family and friends of those who stammer are welcome to attend

For details contact… Mandy at: / +447743572047

Department of Speech and Hearing at UCC invite you to an Exhibition

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC invite you to the opening of an exhibition in the Jennings Gallery:

‘Give me the flowing line: Celebrating the life of Fr O’Flynn (1881-1962) of The Loft and his work with people in Cork who stammered’

Date: Thursday 6th October at 6.00 p.m.

There will be brief talks in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (G10) about Fr O’Flynn, his life and work, and about speech and language therapy in Cork today.

The exhibition will then be officially opened by Donncha Ó Dúlaing, the broadcaster from Cork who is known country-wide for his sports and traditional music programmes. He currently presents Fáilte Isteach, Saturday evenings, on RTÉ Radio 1.

There will follow a reception in the Jennings Gallery.