About ISA

We are a charitable organisation providing information and support to people who stammer in Ireland. Stuttering, as it is also known, affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Parents, partners, friends and family can also be affected by stammering. Please take some time to explore our site. Feel free to contact us if you would like further information on our activities or just for a chat.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

  • Vision
    Irish Stammering Association is committed to being a primary source of information and support for the community connected by stammering, working towards a respect and acceptance of stammering in Irish society.
  • Mission
    Irish Stammering Association provides a nationally recognised voice for people affected by stammering. ISA provides information, encourages self-help groups throughout Ireland, influences policy, raises public awareness and works towards the improvement of early intervention measures for children
  • Values
  • Non-judgementalISA fosters a spirit of respect and understanding of stammering amongst all the people we meet and work with
  • Person-centredISA places the needs of the person affected by stammering at the centre of our work and delivers support to the community connected by stammering in a caring and positive manner
  • AccountableISA is accountable to the community connected by stammering and conducts the business of the organisation in an effective, non-discriminatory, transparent and equitable manner
  • CollaborativeISA actively works with the community connected by stammering who are committed to furthering the understanding of stammering
  • Empowerment
    ISA believes in the empowerment of self-help groups at local level as a means of influencing the perceptions of Irish society towards stammering

Chairperson: Veronica Lynch

Veronica Lynch has stammered for as long as she has been talking and from an early age she learned to use many tricks and avoidances so people wouldn’t find out she stammered. It was only when her youngest daughter also began stammering that Veronica decided to deal with her own stutter. Now, 6 years after attending her first speech therapy on the Dublin Adult Stammering intensive course she is an active member and chairperson of the Irish Stammering Association promoting awareness and support for people who stammer.

Veronica regularly attends the Dublin Support Group meetings and has been on the committee of the ISA since November 2008; she currently holds the position of Honorary Treasurer.

Through her daughter Bevin, she has a special interest in support for children who stammer and was instrumental, along with Jonathon Linklater and Cathal Quinn, in setting up the ISA children’s drama project, ISAYiT! She is also involved in establishing a support network for parents of children who stammer.

Meet The Rest of the Committee