Below please find the Bill Of Rights and Responsibilities for People Who Stutter. It has been placed on the Stuttering Home Page. Your comments, additions, and modifications to this draft are welcome. A threaded discussion has been made where, after you have read the information below, you can leave appropriate input and comments. If you prefer, you can send your comments to ISAD22OCT@aol.com Thank you.
This Bill of Rights and Responsibilities provides guidance on the rights and responsibilities of people who stutter. It was drafted by participants at the "ISAD Bill of Rights Workshop" facilitated by Michael Sugarman and Amy Johnson at the 17th NSA Convention in Chicago, Illinois; modified by Kenneth St. Louis; and further modified by Luc De Nil based on feedback from congress participants at the IFA Third World Congress in Nyborg, Denmark. We are soliciting your comments, additions, and modifications to this draft. Thank you.
DRAFT BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEOPLE WHO STUTTER
The Right to stutter or to be fluent to the extent one is able or chooses to be
The Right to communicate and be listened to regardless of ones degree of stuttering
The Right to be treated with dignity and respect by individuals, groups, institutions, and the media regardless of ones degree of stuttering
The Right to be accorded all rights mandated by laws or regulations for all citizens regardless of ones degree of stuttering
The Right to redress of grievances for documented evidence of failure to be treated fairly under the law or to be treated with dignity and respect
The Right to be informed fully about therapy programs, including estimates of the likelihood of success, failure, or relapse
The Right to receive therapy appropriate for ones unique needs, concerns, and characteristics from professionals adequately trained to treat stuttering and its related problems
The Right to choose and participate in therapy, to choose not to do so, or to change therapy or clinician without prejudice or penalty
s strengths and weaknesses and developing a healthy sense of humor about oneself
The Responsibility to assist whenever possible in educating the public about stuttering and its ramifications
The Responsibility to regard and treat others who have differences, problems, disabilities, or handicaps with fairness under the law and with dignity and respect, regardless of the nature of their conditions
- The Responsibility to understand that listeners or conversation partners may be uninformed about stuttering and its ramifications or that they may have different views of stuttering than most who stutter
- The Responsibility to differentiate those reactions from listeners or conversation partners that are the result of lack of awareness or accurate knowledge of stuttering (e.g., surprise and comments thought to be helpful whether or not they are) and those reactions which result from a lack of respect or fairness (e.g., ridicule, bullying, teasing, or discrimination)
- The Responsibility to inform listeners or conversation partners if one needs additional time to communicate
- The Responsibility to enter into an open and cooperative partnership with a qualified clinical service provider with whom one has freely made a written or unwritten contract to enter into a clinical collaborative relationship.
- The Responsibility to do whatever one can to overcome life handicaps that have occurred because of stuttering, including developing a realistic appraisal of one
A threaded discussion has been made where, after you have read the information above, you can leave appropriate input and comments. If you prefer, you can send your comments to ISAD22OCT@aol.com Thank you.