Online Support Groups

ISA are moving our support groups online. Our next group will take place on Tuesday April 7th from 7.00 – 8.00pm by Zoom conference call. Please register your interest in participating in this or future online groups by contacting 

Please note that you will need a laptop with internet access and a microphone to take part.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you need advice or support.

Working from home?

On Saturday 4th April at 12.30pm the ISA Employment Support Clinic will hold a remote workshop on working from home. Among the topics discussed will be how to maintain productivity and how to achieve work / life balance while working from home. To raise any issues you’d like discussed and to register a place please contact

Registration closes at 6.00pm on Friday 3rd April.

Women’s Phone Support Group – March 24th 2020

The Irish Stammering Association invites you to participate in the Women’s Phone Group on Tuesday March 24th from 8.00pm – 9.00pm.

The Women’s phone group is a support group for women who stammer and is also run by women who stammer. It is a telephone Conference call that takes place for approximately 1 hour one evening during the month. The phone call is free from a landline or mobile and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. There are usually 3 to 7 participants on each call. All are women who stammer discussing issues relating to their stammer.

Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in the next or any future Women’s Telephone Support group by emailing us at

A study on the self-disclosure of stammering in Northern Ireland

A postgraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast invites you to take part in his study on the self-disclosure of stammering.


Andrew Patterson, a postgraduate student from Queen’s University Belfast, is carrying out research into the experiences of stammerers who disclose to others that they have a stammer. This includes why, how, when and to whom a stammerer makes such a disclosure and the impact upon them of having done so.


Andrew is looking for adults (18 years or over), with all levels of stammering severity, in Northern Ireland, who have on more than one occasion disclosed their stammer to someone else or who are open about their stammering to others.


If you would like to support the research, you will be asked to meet with Andrew in strict confidence to take part in an informal interview regarding your experiences. He will use what you tell him in to create a dissertation that will add to the body of knowledge regarding stammering in general.


To take part, or if you have any questions, please email Andrew at

You may also contact his supervisor, Dr. John Karamichas, at

Public Speaking Workshop – 28th March


Find the fun in public speaking!

If you’ve always found public speaking more fearful than fun, this workshop is for you.

Many competent professionals have wasted years avoiding speaking situations, only to discover that with the right guidance, they can really come into their own.

This workshop will help you take pressure off yourself in off-the cuff speaking situations, and train you to be concise and relevant.  You will have lots of opportunities to practice and get feedback in a way that feels easy and fun.


  • Reduce self-consciousness and handle speaker stress. 
  • Think on your feet. 
  • Get to the point. 


  • Confidence building exercises. 
  • Easy, fun improv games to improve creative thinking. 
  • Paired and individual speaking exercises. 
  • Individual feedback.


Fiona O’Meara is an award winning speaker who teaches public speaking privately and in schools.

The cost of this workshop is €20 per person for non ISA members.

For more information or to book a place please send an email to or leave a message on 01 872 4405.

Academic Study on Stammering and Physical Activity

Would you like to take part in an academic study on stammering?

Aisling Lacey, a final year student in DCU is currently collecting data for her thesis examining the impact of stammering as a barrier to physical activity. If you are over 18 and interested in participating, please follow this link to the questionnaire

Employment Support Clinics

The Irish Stammering Association is pleased to announce the commencement of our monthly Employment Support Clinics.

Employment Support Clinics are a dedicated support service for people who feel that their stammer has negatively impacted their employment opportunities. They will take place regularly, on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 11am – 3pm.

Tailored advice and support in employment matters can be provided over video call through Skype or Zoom.

Please contact for more information or to book a time slot.

ISA Walk & Talk: February 9th 2020

Location: Chapelizod Liffey Walk, Dublin.

Meeting Point: 12pm, February 9th 2020, outside the main entrance to Heuston Station, Dublin.

Length of Walk: A leisurely 2½ hours.

What is the Walk and Talk? 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 city gardens, parks and along the banks of the river Liffey. We will begin in Heuston Station and make our way to the Gardens at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. We then head for Irish National War Memorial Park before joining the Liffey walk towards Chapelizod Village. After a short refreshment break in Chapelizod, we will enter the Phoenix Park and make our way towards the Knockmaree Dolmen which is one of the oldest structures in Dublin. We will finish our walk by making our way through the park towards Heuston Station. The walk is open to all ages, although children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before the February 7th 2020 by contacting

What should I bring? Please ensure to bring comfortable walking shoes, raingear and fluids.

How do I get there? Heuston Station is serviced by Dublin Bus, LUAS tram and intercity rail. It has car parking facilities. It is a 20-25 minute walk to the city centre.

Please contact for further details.

CAO / DARE applications 2020

Are you planning to apply to the CAO? Do you stammer? Then you may be eligible for DARE.

What’s DARE?

27 colleges, universities and Institutes of Technologies (Higher Education Institutions – HEIs) around Ireland take part in the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme.

DARE is for students, under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2020 , who experience a negative impact on their school education as a result of a disability or specific learning difficulty. Speech and language communication disorder is one of the conditions considered as part of the scheme, which could include having a stammer.

If you’re an eligible applicant, you may be offered a place on your preferred CAO course, even if you don’t have enough Leaving Certificate points. All of the participating HEIs have a reserved number of DARE places, and the reduction in Leaving Certificate points can vary year-on-year. As usual, you must meet the HEI’s minimum entry requirements and any specific programme requirements. Details of places available and requirements can be found on

As a DARE student, you’re encouraged to register with student support services. Even if you don’t qualify for DARE, you might still be able to access a variety of academic, personal and social supports in your HEI.

Am I eligible and how do I apply?

To be eligible for DARE, you must apply for the scheme via the CAO, providing evidence of 1) being a person who stammers and 2) the educational impact this has had.

1) In order to provide evidence of being a person who stammers, you must submit an Evidence of Disability Form (available on or or an existing report completed and signed by a Speech and Language Therapist. 

2) In order to provide evidence of the educational impact this has had, you must submit an Educational Impact Statement (available on or This must be completed with your school, signed and stamped by your school principal or deputy principal, and signed by you and your parent/guardian. It should outline how you meet the DARE Educational Impact criteria using 6 indicators: 1. Have you received intervention or supports in secondary school as a result of having a stammer? 2. Has having a stammer impacted on your attendance or regularly disrupted your school day? 3. Has it affected your school experience and wellbeing? 4. Has it impacted on your learning or exam results? 5. Has it caused any other educational impact? 6. Has it affected your literacy and numeracy attainment scores?

It can take a while to gather and finalise your documentation so you’re encouraged to start as soon as possible.

Applicants who are eligible for both the HEAR and DARE schemes are prioritised. HEAR is for students from a background of socio-economic disadvantage and, like DARE, offers HEI places on reduced Leaving Certificate points. You should apply to both DARE and HEAR if they are relevant to you.

If you have more than one disability, all of your disabilities can be assessed for eligibility under DARE as long as you provide evidence of them and the educational impact they have had.

Key dates:

  • 11 January : DARE and HEAR Application Information Day events around Ireland – details on
  • 1 February: deadline to apply to the CAO.
  • 1 March: deadline to apply for DARE and complete the Supplementary Information Form.
  • 15 March: deadline to return the Educational Impact Statement and Evidence of Disability documentation to the CAO.
  • June: you will be notified of the outcome of your DARE application.
  • August: when Leaving Certificate results are released, eligible DARE applicants compete for reduced points places – course offers are made and accepted through the CAO.