INTERNATIONAL Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD) is celebrated on October 22 worldwide. The day is designated to bring up public awareness of the issues faced by millions of people – one percent of the world’s population – who stammer. In India too, millions of people are confronting the challenge of stammering. It creates trouble for education, interpersonal relationships, social activities, and finding employment. Our society recognizes that every individual must speak fluently. Stammers are isolated and many times judged incapable of jobs and marriage.
Our community keeps giving unsolicited advices to people who stammer. This kind of advice does not assist them and instead makes their life more complicated. The need of the hour is that people should accept stammering as human diversity and accept it extensively. If you are communicating with anyone who stammers, listen to them patiently, give them time to speak, and do not make any assumptions or make them uncomfortable.
Exclusive equal opportunities and full participation may empower people who stammer in society. At the same time, the people who stammer should frankly accept stammering and talk to more people and remove the fear of stammering.
Amit Singh Kushwaha
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