NDIS and Stuttering

The Australian Speak Easy Association (ASEA) is exploring ways that members may be able to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and have already commenced interaction with senior officers of NDIS the nature of stuttering.

The NDIS is a Federal government scheme designed to assist with the provision of grants to persons who have permanent disabilities.

ASEA is seeking to find out from people who stutter (PWS) what their experiences have been in trying to become an eligible participant for NDIS programs.

If you, or anyone you know, have had experiences with NDIS in seeking help with a stutter, the ASEA would like to hear about your experiences.


Stuttering Employer Awareness: Brisbane City Council

Thank you Brisbane City Council for the opportunity to educate your recruitment team about stuttering.  

  • Brisbane City Council is one of the largest local governments in the Asia Pacific region with over 8000 employees.
  • Delivered an information session where I shared my lived experiences with stuttering with the recruitment team as well as discussed the best way for them to support people who stutter (and overall communication differences) during the interview process.
  • Took part in a video interview and provided feedback on how to make the process more suitable to people who stutter; for example adjusting the allocated time per question so that disfluencies in speech are not disadvantaged in the video interview.
  • Provided a virtual screening of the documentary film When I Stutter which shares the lives of 19 people who stutter over the course of 4.5 years and how it has impacted their lives.

If your organisation is interested in learning more about stuttering, please get in touch at president@speakeasy.org.au.

Find the Right Words

Global campaign launches to tackle the harmful language around stuttering

Find the Right Words, created by VMLY&R, aims to change public perception and start a new conversation about stuttering.

A global campaign, created by VMLY&R and in collaboration with Stamma and Wikipedia, launches to change the public’s perception of stuttering. “Find the Right Words” aims to start a new conversation around harmful biased language, one which has never entered the public eye when it comes to stuttering.

The ASEA also launches Editorial Guidelines to create lasting change and enable everyone to find the right words when thinking or speaking about stuttering. We hope the guidelines can set an example in the publishing, creative, recruitment and education sectors.

Stamma in the UK, the National Stuttering Association in the USA, the Canadian Stuttering Association, and the Irish Stammering Association are also supporting “Find the Right Words” campaign, giving the message a truly global reach.

Credits –

Agency: VMLY&R

  • Chief Creative Officer: Laurent Simon
  • Creative Director: Adam Noel
  • Creatives: Dan Liakh & Josh Croston
  • Account Director: Elliot Duck
  • Strategist: Ollie Chakraverty
  • Producer: Joseph Walker
  • Senior Designer: Dominic Frain

Production Company: Scissors & Glue

  • Director: Chris Daw
  • Producer: Joseph Walker
  • VO Artist: Scroobius Pip
  • Sound Engineer: Aaron Croston
  • Composer: Dan Liakh

About VMLY&R

VMLY&R is a global brand experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands. The agency is made up of nearly 7,000 employees worldwide with principal offices in Kansas City, New York, London, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. VMLY&R works with client partners including Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dell, Ford, Diageo, Pfizer and Wendy’s. For more information, visit http://www.vmlyr.com. VMLY&R is a WPP company (NYSE: WPP).