It feels good to express one’s self through speaking.  But what if when a person talks it feels like there’s something holding back the flow of the words, like a stutter?  On International Stuttering Awareness Day or Stuttering Awareness Day, a stutter is not a matter! Because the whole world will do its best to help people who stutter build their confidence in speech.

When is Stuttering Awareness Day 2017?

Stuttering Awareness Day 2017 is on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Stuttering Awareness Day is celebrated every year on October 22.

How did Stuttering Awareness Day begin?

Former President Ronald Reagan initially declared a “National Stuttering Awareness Week” in 1988.  Ten years later, the organization for International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) was created in October 1998.  Since then, several countries have joined in campaigns every year created by ISAD that promote public awareness on stuttering.

What will people do on Stuttering Awareness Day?

Aside from campaigns, conferences, public events and activities are held in participating countries.  Online resources are also available.  And the main objective of Stuttering Awareness Day is that stuttering has a remedy and is nothing to be ashamed about.  This is also to let non-stutterers understand that people who have this condition need support and encouragement through their everyday struggles.

What You Can Do

Do you know of anyone who stutters? If you do, then don’t hesitate to lend a hand for this person.  There are many famous people in Hollywood and history who have been through stuttering and they overcame it.  With the help of several sources such as speech therapy, acting, singing and the like, when they spoke their stutter has disappeared.

It is also a matter of understanding that having a stutter is like having stage fright; a challenge that affects several people gradually and with practice, speaking will never be a difficulty again.   A person who stutters is no different from anyone.  Stuttering cannot be made fun of; although the Looney Tunes character, Porky Pig, was created to have a stutter, but he is also the most level-headed and intelligent character in the series.

Looking beyond the stutter also helps in letting a stutterer find his strengths.  He can use his strengths to overcome the stuttering.  And in no time, he can already express himself in the most fluent way.

When is STUTTERING Day 2018?

Stuttering Awareness Day 2018 is on Monday, October 22, 2018.