NOVEMBER - ELSA hosted a reception for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg, France on the 25th October as part of a project to obtain endorsement of International Stuttering Awareness Day.

ELSA host reception at the European Parliament, Strasbourg
Statement on International Stuttering Awareness Day signed

An important step towards greater awareness of stuttering at political level was taken in Strasbourg on 25 October 2005 .

All Members of European Parliament (MEP) had been invited to a reception on the occasion of the International Stuttering Awareness Day. The event was jointly organised by ELSA and the Spanish Stuttering Association (TTM Espana), and supported by the European Disability Forum. Special emphasis had been given to inviting the members of the Disability Inter-group which is an inter-party working group of Members of the European parliament (MEPs) engaged in disability politics.

More than 30 MEPs accepted the invitation which – according to insiders at the European Parliament – can be regarded as a success. Also, representatives of several National Stuttering Associations attended the reception. Short speeches were given by Adolfo Garcia , President of TTM Espana, Richard Howitt MEP, Chair of the EP Disability Inter-group, and Edwin J. Farr, Chair of ELSA.

In the course of the reception MEPs were asked to sign a “Written Statement” on “Stuttering and the International Stuttering Awareness Day” that states important needs and demands of people who stutter and calls upon European Parliament to officially recognise International Stuttering Awareness Day.

You can download the statement in Word format by clicking here, or in your native language as follows:



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You can also view the MEP's signatures in Word Format by clicking here

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