About the trust
Known as Dom's Fund, the Trust was set up in 1997 to fund research into stammering. The Trust is in memory of a witty, intelligent and much loved young man for whom the burden of stammering was so great that he took his own life. Most of us take for granted the ability to use the telephone, to ask for what we need when shopping, or to answer questions at a job interview. But people who stammer frequently struggle to make themselves understood - by those who do not recognise the difficulties and frustrations of stammering.
|Fund Research Into Stammering|
|Raise awareness of the issues that surround Stammering|
|Encourage understanding in people who meet those who are stammering|
|Devise better programmes to help overcome this disability|
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Research on Attention and stammering in adults
Researcher Silviya Doneva has recently completed a year-long research project investigating the links between attention and stammering in adults, funded by the Trust and supervised by Dr Penny Cavenagh at University Campus Suffolk. This builds on earlier work undertaken at UCS which found that children who stammer may also experience difficulties with sustaining attention. Silviya has been testing the hypothesis that stammering interferes with control of processing information and thereby affects the performance of everyday tasks. Silviya has found a difference in attention between people who stammer and people who are fluent speakers and that people who stammer have more difficulty in sustaining attention when undertaking tasks. Although her research suggests a link between the severity of a stammer and difficulties with attention, it is not clear which is cause and which is effect.
The Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge will be screening three award winning short films this Sunday (May 1st) and next Sunday (May 8th) at 2pm, prompted by the Dominic Barker Trust's request to screen Stutterer, a brilliant short film which won an Oscar earlier this year. This is a short drama about a man with a speech impediment who worries about meeting an online friend in person for the first time. The film will be shown along with 2 other award-winning short films Gamble and The Phone Call. The programme sounds excellent and admission is free!
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Want to Help?
We need public donations and support to continue the work that we do, to improve the lives of those like Dominic who suffer the burden of stammering.
Find out more about how you can support the trust’s work in improving the treatment availble to stammer sufferers.
Let's hope that through your contribution people who stammer will be able to say:
"It's good to talk"
2017 Cards Now available
Our Christmas cards this year show two beautiful pictures: a whitethroat on the front and a fieldfare on the back, courtesy of Russell Edwards. The card contains the message 'With every good wish for Christmas and the New Year''.