British Stammering Association (BSA) (www.stammering.org)
The BSA is the UK’s national charity for adults and children who stammer. Founded in 1978, it provides accurate and unbiased information and support on all aspects of stammering. The BSA website is very informative and provides many useful links.
National Stuttering Association (NSA) (www.westutter.org)
This is the American organisation of people who stammer (PWS), providing support, friendship and information to the stammering community as well as education, advocacy and research. Their books, leaflets and online resources are informative and wide-ranging.
The International Stuttering Association (ISA) (www.isastutter.org)
Founded in 1995 the ISA is a not-for-profit international umbrella association made up primarily of national self-help associations for people who stammer. It seeks to provide a means by which the voices of people who stammer can be heard at an international level.
Did I Stutter? (www.didistutter.org)
Co-founded by Zach Richter and Joshua St. Pierre, this project was created to provide an alternative way of thinking about speech and communication disabilities. The authors write thoughtfully and passionately about stammering, difference and disability, challenging assumptions and stereotyping as well as the normalcy often assumed in speech and language therapy, and emphasising the importance of creating communities that positively affirm dysfluent speech.
StutterTalk is an American non-profit organisation dedicated to talking about stammering. Their slogan is ‘Changing how you think about stuttering…one podcast at a time’. StutterTalk is the first and longest running podcast on stammering. Since 2007, they have published more than 400 weekly podcasts on a broad-range of topics. Well worth listening to!
Employers Stammering Network (ESN) (www.stammering.org/esn)
A BSA-supported-initiative launched in 2013, the ESN aims to unlock the actual and potential talents of employees who stammer by offering employers a dedicated information and advice service, access to briefings and information packs on stammering and communication at work as well as specialist training and networking events for member organisations. For employees, the ESN offers a supportive network of others who stammer, information on best practice and tips on reasonable adjustments for challenging work situations as well as training and therapy opportunities.
King’s Speakers (www.kingsspeakers.org)
A toastmasters group created specifically for PWS, the King’s Speakers meet in Notting Hill, London and seek to support PWS to improve their public speaking abilities in all areas of their life.
City Lit (www.citylit.ac.uk)
City Lit is a well-established centre of national and international excellence for group therapy for adults who stammer in the UK. The speech and language therapy team based there runs a range of day-time intensive courses, weekly evening courses and short workshops, as well as follow-up programmes to provide ongoing support. The team also offers professional training courses for qualified speech and language therapists.
The Disability Archive UK (http://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/library/)
Run by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, it is a free-to-download resource that gives access to a wealth of articles about disability. It includes the original documents from the development of the social model of disability, a theory, which has huge relevance to people who stammer and stammering therapy.