Press release -
STAMMERING: EDITORAL GUIDELINES
Stamma, the British Stammering Association, have issued Editorial Guidelines around Stammering in advance of the International Stammering Awareness Day on 22nd October.
Stamma are urging the media and key influencers to help create change and understanding around stammering by keeping to the guidelines and send out a message that it’s OK to talk differently.
Jane Powell, CEO of Stamma said “The way stammering is often talked about in the media is about how people have overcome or been defeated by their stammer. This is unhelpful. A stammer is a physical condition, it is how some people talk."
The Guidelines have been endorsed by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists.
Derek Munn, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), said: "Speech and language therapists are committed to making society inclusive and accessible for all, however we communicate. So the RCSLT is delighted to endorse these important guidelines, which will help to tackle a persistent stigma and to challenge common misconceptions about the reality of living with a stammer."
Research suggests that 8% of people will stammer at some point in their lives with up to 3% of UK adults describing themselves as currently having a stammer. The British Stammering Association seeks to create a society where people who stammer can fulfill their potential and enjoy respect and consideration. The charity offers support, information, advice and resources to those who stammer and their families as well as educators, employers and speech and language therapists. Founded in 1978, The British Stammering Association began trading as Stamma in 2019. For more information visit Stamma.org. Registered Charity Numbers 1089967 / SC038866.