JUNE 2002

JUNE 2002 - ELSA Chair Edwin Farr receives the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours in recognition of Services to the Stuttering Community...

JUNE 2002

Award for the Chair of ELSA, Edwin J. Farr.

The United Kingdom's Jubilee Birthday Honours conferred by the Queen were announced on Saturday 15 June 2002. Edwin J. Farr, Chairperson of ELSA, received the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E) for services to the British Stammering Association and the European League of Stuttering Associations.

The Order of the British Empire was created in 1917 by King George V. The King wished to have a new award of honour which could be more widely awarded in recognition of the large numbers of people who have given service to the country

June 16th 2002

ELSA Chair Edwin J. Farr awarded MBE in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours, for services to the Stuttering Community.

Edwin Farr, at his home in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom said:

"I am delighted, surprised and humbled to receive this award.

I believe the award recognises not just my efforts, but those of a great number of volunteers who work tremendously hard to improve the conditions for people who stutter - an area of disability which is not high profile. Stuttering in fact affects 1% of the adult population and 5% of children.

As well as being a member of the British Stammering Association (BSA) for around 20 years and a trustee for 12, I also saw a need for more dialogue between groups. Inspired by a conference in 1987 at St Andreasberg, Germany I set up a charity, The European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA), 12 years ago. This brought together the national organisations of Europe into a respected lobbying group, raising the profile of stuttering within Europe. ELSA is a founding member of the Brussels based European Disability Forum and has a vote on their General Council.

In addition the charity has been able to access European funding for events, seminars and information output and dissemination to discuss and promote best practice and to help stop the isolation often felt by people who stutter.

Seminars for young people are an important part of ELSA's work. They have given young people the opportunity to meet, an opportunity which they would not have had if it were not for the European money ELSA sourced.

ELSA has a membership of 25 national stuttering associations across Europe and has held 14 meetings since it was set up in 1990.

I hope everyone who has been involved with the BSA and ELSA feels that they can share in this award."

More information on ELSA's and the BSA's work can be obtained by accessing www.elsa.info and www.stammering.org


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