“It’s nothing to be ashamed of to have a stutter.”
– Emily Blunt
Stuttering is a speech disorder characterized by words, pronunciation, or repetition of words. The sound is lengthened and creates speech barriers. The stammering person has trouble speaking in general. This awareness day is basically celebrated over UK and Ireland. From 1998, this day of October 22 is designed as International Stuttering Awareness Day.
This year’s theme is “Journey of Words – Resilience and Bouncing Back”. Nowadays, this day is known globally and observed. International Stuttering Awareness Day is organized by three organizations:
- European League of Stuttering Associations.
- International Fluency Association.
- International Stuttering Association.
These days, as time goes on, people become more reliant on technology and forget about every social behaviour. But not only now, but throughout the millennium, stuttering has become of interest to many physicians, including the famous Stutter, an ancient Greek politician, and Demosthenes.
The best way to celebrate this day is to read about some of the most talented people who have tackled with stuttering and listen to them how much they have worked to overcome it. “The King’s Speech” is his Oscar-winning historical drama about King George VI of England and his speech and language therapist Lionel Logue, who eventually worked tirelessly to make him suffer for his disability. ISAD includes an online conference that runs from 1 to 22 October each year, targeting people as well as speech-language pathologists and their clients. This includes public awareness events, a media campaign, educational activities and online resources.
“Fear the soldier who stammers, for he is very fast at pulling the trigger.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson
This day is a good time to talk to those stuttering people about their lives and struggles. The International Stuttering Association has run events and campaigns to highlight how difficult it can be for those who are struggling with certain aspects of society. We may also consider providing grants to those associations to help improve the lives of those who cannot be treated. There is no cure for walking, although many therapies have been shown to be successful in helping to reduce speech imperfections.