22nd October - International Stuttering Awareness Day 2019
Since 1998, every year International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is celebrated on 22nd October to focus on the issues face by stuttered people.
Every year, International Stuttering Awareness Day is commemorated on October 22, 2019. The day is projected to raise public awareness worldwide of the millions of people - one percent of the world's population - who have the speech disorder of stuttering, which is also called as stammering. International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is organized by three organizations: European League of Stuttering Associations, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association.
Stuttering is a communication disorder in which redundancies — or unusual stoppages of sounds and syllables — break the progression of speech. There may also be some abnormal facial and body movements associated with speaking. International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD), observed on October 22, shines a helpful spotlight on stutterers and educates the public about the causes. Activities denoting the day include an online gathering, events, a media campaign, and the provision of educational materials.
International Stuttering Awareness Day 2019 Theme
The theme of International Stuttering Awareness Day is "GROWTH THROUGH SPEAKING".
To deal with this issue, a whole world full of individuals is dedicating their lives to fulfill the vision of A World That Understands Stuttering.
Why International Stuttering Awareness Day is Significant
- Stuttering is misjudged
People consider a number of myths about stuttering. For instance, in spite of what many believe, it's not caused by anxiety or shyness. International Stuttering Awareness Day educates the public about stutterers and thereby diminishes the stigma.
- It helps stutterers
International Stuttering Awareness Day provides hope to stutterers by showing them they're not alone and by providing them with resources to improve their speech. It connects stutterers with research and speech pathologists.
- It's a community
The National Stuttering Association is a community of stutterers who share their challenges and stories with each other. By attending events and workshops, often delivered through local chapters, stutterers can meet and learn from others with similar stories.
5 Myths About Stuttering
While nervousness my cause some to halt their speech, it is not a cause of stuttering.
Shyness may cause stutterers to speak less, but it is not an underlying cause of stuttering.
- It's just a habit
Stuttering is a neurological condition, not a habit that can easily be broken
- Lack of intelligence
Lots of smart people have stutters. Stuttering is not associated with the level of intelligence.
- Bad parents
While bad parenting might make a child's stuttering worse, it is not the root cause of the stutter.
How to Observe International Stuttering Awareness Day
- Get educated
Stutterers suffer from social stigma. Young stutterers can suffer from bullying. Through the resources provided by International Stuttering Awareness Day, individuals and families can learn more about it.
- Attend the online conference
Every year, the International Stuttering Association hosts an online event to stamp International Stuttering Awareness Day. People are free to participate in the online event, which focuses on a different theme every year and brings together individuals from around the globe
- Get involved
If you have a friend or family member who stutters you can get involved by helping to educate those they may come into contact with. For example, the National Stutters Association provides educational materials that parents of stutterers can use to aid teachers.