Stammering Conference 2017
Giving Stammerers A Voice
Don't miss this unique opportunity
August 19, 2017
"Unless you transform the lives of Ordinary People, you cannot hope to transform Africa."
John Agyekum Kufuor,
Former President of The Republic of Ghana
A Day of Powerful Talks and Discussions
August 19, 2017
Stammering Conference 2017 is our inaugural conference organized by John Ampiah-Addison and Heart for Children Africa . It is our pleasure to welcome you to this event and we hope you have a truly rewarding experience. The goal of this conference is to bring together people with speech impediments, government leaders, parents, business leaders, educators and students to share experiences and discuss the challenges facing people who stammer (PWS) and how we can create an inclusive environment in the Ghanaian society. We want to create and increase awareness about stammering, educate the general population, and help fellow stammerers understand and accept themselves for who they are. The conference would also involve a workshop to provide stammerers with techniques and resources available to help manage speech disfluencies.
This conference was born out of our passion to help create an inclusive society for people who stammer. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot at pursuing their goals and a stammer shouldn't deter anyone from doing just that. Born a stammerer, John Ampiah-Addison understands firsthand how challenging it was growing up in Ghana without access to speech therapy or resources to manage his speech impediment and the struggles of living in a community with little understanding of the topic. In partnership with Heart for Children Africa (a Ghanaian based non-profit transforming the lives of underprivileged children), we plan to bring all stakeholders together to discuss ways to improve resources available to stammerers across the country and open the discussion to other related topics.
What is Stammering?
Stammering is a communication disorder involving disruptions, or “disfluencies,” in a person’s speech.
The precise causes of stammering are still unknown, but most researchers now consider stuttering to be a neurological condition that interferes with the production of speech.
More than 70 million people worldwide are stammerers .
About 5% of children (1 in 20) ages 2 to 5 will develop some stammering during their childhood
Although the interference with speech is sometimes triggered by emotional or situational factors, stammering is basically neurological and physiological – not psychological – in nature.
Stammering In Ghanaian Society
Stammering, like other forms of speech disabilities, is poorly talked about in the Ghanaian community. There is only one Speech and Hearing Center in Ghana which happens to be based in Accra.
The Ghana Stammering Association (GSA) is the only non-profit organization providing support for all People Who Stammer (PWS) in Ghana.
Currently, according to the GSA there are no policies in place regarding stammering.
There are four speech therapist countrywide, however, only one out of this four specializes in stammering.
Unfortunately, the percentage of the population with the speech impediment is unknown.
Tentative - subject to change
Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe
8:30 am Registration + Resource Fair + Breakfast
9:45 am Opening
10:00 am Keynote Address: Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
10:20 am Plenary: Leadership
11:20 am Presentation: Avoidance Reduction Therapy by Mark Baer
12:05 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Breakout Sessions:
Self-Confidence Workshop and Techniques
Practical Strategies For Communicating with Persons Who Stammer
2:00 pm Closing Plenary: Inclusiveness in Ghana's Future
3:00 pm Closing Remarks
3:30 pm The End
Speech Therapy Workshop
Do you stammer, know anyone who does or want to learn more about stammering? Join U.S. and Ghanaian speech therapists for an intimate speech therapy session where they will demonstrate techniques to manage stammering and increase fluency.
Speech Disability and Public Education
Explore inclusiveness in the Ghanaian public education system. How are students with speech disability treated in the classroom with in the current education environment? Are there any resources available to children at various schools? Are teachers trained to better assess and identify students that stammer? What are some areas for improvement?
Leadership and Employment
For many in the Ghanaian society, there is a lack of understanding of stammering and other forms of speech disorder. Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders will discuss their struggles and how they overcame their fear of stammering. What are some of the challenges stammerers face in the Ghanaian workforce? How did you overcome these fears at work? Do stammerers have the same chances of taking up leadership positions as non-stammerers?
Panelists: John Ampiah-Addison, MBA (Incoming Deloitte Consultant and Entrepreneur)
Inclusiveness in Ghana's Future
What is inclusiveness in Ghana’s future with regards to disability? Explore ways we can build a more inclusive society. What can religious leaders, educators, business and government leaders do to help?
CSIR-STEPRI (Behind Opeibia House near Alliance Française )
Casely Hayford Rd