International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) was launched 10 years ago to promote awareness and understanding and to exhibit recognition for people who stutter and the speech-language professionals who work with them. At the annual World Demonstration at noon on that day, people across the world are inspired to start a conversation about stuttering. Since 1998, ISAD has assisted in bringing information and help to persons who stutter, their near and dear ones and the people who serve them, and has helped change public concept about stuttering.
Stuttering is a speech malfunction in which syllables, sounds, or words are repeated or prolonged, hindering the instant flow of speech, as said by the National Institute on deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This can virtually make communication tough and disturb that person’s everyday life.
A great range of events have signified the past ISAD events. These events display the far reaching accomplishments of ISAD in affecting attitudes about stuttering and advocating awareness and understanding between professionals and those who know stuttering on a personal level.
Since 2005, professional and stuttering support organizations funded ISAD celebrations in many countries, including Canada, Argentina,, Israel, the Czech Republic, China, Poland, Korea, Cameroon, Ireland, England and many more. In collaboration with the Speak Clear Association of Cameroon, the International Stuttering Association conducted the first African seminar on stuttering in Douala, Cameroon, in October 2005, where more than 120 delegates across 17 African countries had attended.
Each year on 22nd October this day is celebrated. It offers people who stutter a window of opportunity to make aware the people at large about their impediment. Speech therapists, groups associated to the International Stuttering Association, family members and other individuals who associate and help people who stutter can also participate in the process.
ISAD conducts online conference, aimed to people with an interest in stuttering, including speech specialists and their clients. The 2010 Online Conference has the theme People Who Stutter, Inspire!
The year 2009 marked the launch of a stuttering awareness ribbon. Its color is sea green. Blue has conventionally been associated with calm, while green symbolizes freedom and justice. The combination of these colors exhibits the association between peace and liberation. For People Who Stutter (PWS), it represents the support and community with other people who share and understand their experiences.
More children compared to adult have been found to stutter. This condition is witnessed more common in men, with older boys having a higher prevalence of three to four times more compared to girls.