Irish Stammering Association is the voice of a community connected by stammering in an inclusive society that understands and accepts stammering.
Irish Stammering Association as the nationally recognised organisation for people affected by stammering is committed to building and developing the stammering community, being the trusted source of reliable information, raising awareness and influencing policy.
ISA fosters a spirit of respect and understanding of stammering amongst all the people we meet and work with.
ISA 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.
ISA is accountable to the community connected by stammering and conducts the business of the organisation in an effective, non-discriminatory, transparent and equitable manner.
ISA actively works with the community connected by stammering who are committed to furthering the understanding of stammering.
ISA believes in the empowerment of self-help groups at local level as a means of influencing the perceptions of Irish society towards stammering.
David is a strong proponent of the development of a stammering community, and believes that this can both help the person who stammers as well as building a greater acceptance of stammering in the general population. David has had a stammer since he was a child and works as a civil servant in Dublin.
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.
As a board member of the Irish Stammering Association, he has an interest in developing support networks and providing education and information on stammering.
As an active member of Toastmasters since 2009, Deirdre is passionate about public speaking and aims to assist organising public speaking training for people who stammer. She is a facilitator of the ISA Women’s Telephone Support Group. She regularly attends ISA’s events, and hopes to help build the community of people who stammer.
A project manager in IT prior to taking a career break, Sarah is nearing completion of training as a psychotherapist. In 2012, she conducted a research MA on the role of emotional support in stammering.
Triona conducted research focusing on the psychological aspects of stammering as part of her doctoral degree in counselling psychology at Trinity College Dublin. While acknowledging that the experience of stammering is very unique to each individual, Triona believes that the key to coping with stammering is self-acceptance, self-compassion and openness as a person who stammers rather than chasing a goal of fluent speech. Triona has presented on topics relating to the psychological impact of stammering at a number of ISA conference days.
Triona’s responsibilities on the board include implementation of the ISA child protection policy and the ISA equality policy. Triona also has responsibility for the management of the membership database and ensuring that it is compliant with the ISA data protection policy.
As an organisation, ISA aims to be as transparent as possible with its members and the public. Please take a look at our Annual Reports if you are interested to know how we are getting on.