The 12th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 20th in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin 8 from 10AM. This year’s theme is ‘Speak your mind’. The event starts at 10AM. and continues until 5PM.
As well as having our regular presentations from Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme we’ll have a range of speakers to encourage, inspire and get you thinking.
National Stammering Awareness Day is free to attend and all are welcome.
PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Hilton Kilmainham Hotel has a preferential all day parking rate of €7. This operates on a first come fist service; you must pay for this parking at reception to avail of the special rate. Alternative parking can be found at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Public transport serves Hilton Kilmainham with LUAS stops at Heuston Station and Suir Road, and several Dublin Bus routes. The Transport for Ireland website gives real time information to assist your travel.
10:05AM — ICEBREAKER
With extensive Board level business experience including 21 years as a partner with EY (Ernst & Young), in 2013 Iain founded the Employers Stammering Network (ESN) together with the British Stammering Association (BSA). The ESN is committed to transform the employability and career success of all people who stammer. Iain, who stammers himself, is now an executive coach.
AOIFE NÍ LAOIRE
Aoife Ní Laoire is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She has been a secondary school teacher of Irish and Music for the last ten years. She has been teaching in St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton for the last seven years where she has taught Irish to all year groups at all levels. She is also a summer teacher in the Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Gaeltacht. She was a teacher of the Ulster dialect language lab in Trinity College Dublin for three years. Aoife has taught Irish to all age groups from preschool age to adult courses and has also coached many examiners for the optional Junior Certificate oral exams. Over the last ten years Aoife has helped hundreds of students, of varied abilities, through their oral exams to great success.
Drama group for young people (aged 7-17), facilitated by Charlie Hughes from the Gaiety School of Acting. You can read an Irish Times feature about ISAYiT!
11:00AM — COFFEE
KINDLY SPONSORED BY IRISH McGUIRE PROGRAMME AND ISA
My name is Sharon Gavillet and I live in Navan with my husband and 2 children. I work as an Accounts Administrator within an Education Centre. I have stammered from an early age and I had allowed it to hold me back in a lot of decisions I made. In 2010 I joined the McGuire Programme to work on my speech. I challenged myself with new speaking opportunities which has giving me confidence. I’m more aware of what I can do instead of focusing on what I can’t do. Speaking is now enjoyable and not a burden as it once was.
DR. FIONA RYAN
Dr. Fiona Ryan is a Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working in the HSE. A graduate of the European Clinical Specialist Programme in Fluency disorders she has recently completed her doctorate in Trinity College Dublin. Along with her colleague Dr. Mary O Dwyer she provides an intensive programme for adults who stutter (Free to stutter, Free to Speak) that has a Narrative Therapy (White& Epston, 1990; Leahy et al, 2012; Ryan et al 2015) focus. Her research interests include Narrative Therapy, the application of Narrative Therapy for stuttering, outcomes from therapy for people who stutter and the lived experience of people who stutter in the process of therapy.
David Heney has been involved with the ISA since he first attended the Dublin Support Group in 2006 and is still going to the group twelve years later. He joined the ISA Committee in 2010, becoming company secretary when the ISA was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. David is a qualified accountant and holds a masters qualification in information technology. He works as a civil servant and is married to Jennifer. David has had a stammer since childhood. He has been chair of the ISA since February 2017.
ISA PARENTS' SUPPORT NETWORK
Family members can share experiences and chat informally.
1:00PM — LUNCH
NORA TRENCH BOWLES
Nora Trench Bowles joined the Board of the Irish Stammering Association in June 2017 and is now Vice Chair. She has been a person who stammers for as long as she can remember – and, with time, has come a long way in becoming more comfortable, compassionate and open with this as an integral part of who she is. Nora is particularly interested in the work of the ISA in raising awareness to help people who stammer and those around them better understanding and accept stammering. Nora now works in the higher education sector back in Dublin, having previously studied and worked in EU affairs in Brussels, Strasbourg and Sweden.
Adaku Ezeudo is on a mission to educate, engage and empower individuals and organisations to recognise the value of Diversity & Inclusion. Originally from Nigeria, she has lived in Ireland for over 10 years. In 2017, she founded PhoenixRize Consulting, a Dublin based firm that provides cultural diversity training, consulting and events for corporate and public sector organisations. PhoenixRize Consulting helps its clients overcome cultural barriers so that they are better able to profit from opportunities presented by cultural diversity.
LINK UP WITH SCOTTISH STAMMERING NETWORK
The Scottish Stammering Network (SSN) was set up in 2012 as a registered charity and runs support groups and open days in various locations around Scotland. On the same day as Ireland’s National Stammering Awareness Day, the SSN are running their biggest ever open day In Glasgow, so we’re going to call in and wish them well. No harm in a bit of international rivalry though, right? We’ll also be finding out which country has the best stammering knowledge!
I have stammered for most of my life and am the mother of Ciaran, 17, who also stammers. My stammer would have caused me a lot of anxiety in my younger life certainly inhibited me in many ways. I’ve had a long happy career in IT for many years and found that as my career progressed I needed to overcome my own limiting beliefs about my stammer and adopt an approach focused on “what message am I trying to get across?” and not on whether I will stammer or not. This is also the main focus for how Ciaran & I discuss his stammer and its importance in his life.
Ollie Gleeson is a 22 year graduate of Tourism Management and a small business owner. Ollie has stammered ever since he was young. Growing up he faced many difficulties such as talking in class, standing up for himself and just trying to fit in. Having completed the McGuire Program when he was 16, Ollie felt he could use some of his new skills to get over his stammer and not let it hold him back. Ollie got a job as a tour guide in Munich giving tours to groups of up to 40 people. He took his new found talent home to Ireland and set up his own walking tour business in Ennis, Co.Clare (Ollie’s Tours). Public speaking is now a daily occurrence for Ollie. He doesn’t try to hide his stammer anymore which has actually helped it massively. Today, Ollie’s Tours is the #1 tour in Ennis and Ollie is looking forward towards the future to grow and expand the business around Ireland and beyond.
I’m from Ballygunner in County Waterford and I’m currently doing a Masters in Electronic and Computer Engineering in University College Dublin. I’ve had a stammer since I was very young and have memories of it from a very young age. As a result, I found it very hard to meet new people, socialise and speak up. After many difficult years and trouble with dealing with important speaking situations, I joined the McGuire Programme in June 2017, and after developing my speaking techniques I have become much more comfortable speaking in social and public settings.
Robert O’Brien is an ESL teacher working and living in Canada. He has been based in Vancouver for nearly 10 years and last year wrote and published his first book called “Just One More Drive: The true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car” with Tidewater Press. Robert is now committed to sharing the message that having a stutter is not the crippling handicap some people see it as. As a gay man, he is focusing on the emotional similarities between coming out as gay and coming out as a recovering stutterer. When not working, Robert’s passions include cars, video games and hitting the gym.