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Vice Chair Deborah Johnston honoured for her work around stammering in higher education

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Vice Chair Deborah Johnston honoured for her work around stammering in higher education

Vice Chair Deborah Johnston honoured for her work around stammering in higher education

Today’s New Year’s Honours List reveals that STAMMA’s Interim Vice Chair Deborah Johnston, will receive an MBE for services to stammering recognition in higher education.

Paul Fix, interim Chair of STAMMA said

“I would like to warmly congratulate our Vice Chair, Deborah Johnston, on being awarded the MBE in The King's 2024 New Year’s Honours List. Deborah has championed the needs of those who stammer and those who are disabled in higher education for many years, and as a long-time member of STAMMA we are immensely proud of this recognition of her work. “

Jane Powell, CEO of STAMMA said

“This a well-deserved honour for Deborah. The voices of people who stammer are rarely given public space or respect, so it fantastic to see her work recognised. “

Deborah said

‘Stammering is the most misunderstood condition, it was natural for me to advocate in higher education, which can be so transformative. I couldn’t have done so without the contributions of so many fantastic academics and students who stammer. And of course, the wonderful support of STAMMA. I’m proud to serve on the Board, especially when there is so much more to do.”



Our Purpose

We exist to create a world that makes space for stammering. Where it's embraced as just a difference. Where no-one judges your stammer or the way you choose to deal with it. We’ll get there by bringing people together, whether they stammer or not, to propel a movement for change.

We will stand up for and embolden those who stammer, provide support and information, and challenge discrimination wherever we find it. We’ll fight for NHS speech and language therapy services for those want it. No matter how you talk, we're here for you.

Join us and help the public understand that stammering is not a sign of being drunk, dishonest, nervous or weak. It’s simply how some of us talk.


Jane Powell

Jane Powell

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