If not, why do so many people still think stammering is a joke?
It’s now clear that the brains of people who stammer differ from those who do not. So laughing at, or discriminating against them is as wrong as laughing at or discriminating against people who have cerebral palsy or any other disability.
Since late September, the British Stammering Association [BSA] has been running a campaign against YouTube, because they are showing a number of videos which feature people stammering, or pretending to stammer, which have been classified as Comedy. We have complained about the classification and posted a response video, which explains what life is really like if you stammer, and it is at:
Worldwide campaign and petition
A worldwide campaign begins on December 3rd and features an online petition to get these videos reclassified, which is at
The current classification of these videos as ‘Comedy’ is deeply insulting to those who stammer and, worse, it fosters discrimination.
As we hear so little about stammering, most people have no idea what a very real disability it can be, so we have a stammering simulator available. It can help others understand how stammering affects lives. Imagine, for example, the changes stammering would bring for people such as TV and radio presenters, MPs, those in the public eye or anyone in a position of responsibility. And imagine how simple every day things, like buying a drink in a crowded pub or buying a sandwich at lunchtime, would turn into real challenges.
3 December 2007
 Please note – this site is part-financed through advertising and there will be some rather misleading adverts about ‘stammering cures’ or ‘quick fixes’ placed by Google. This is not in any way endorsed by the BSA.