Webinar: Speech as a digital tool

Speech-controlled services and devices are more and more becoming a part of our daily lives, and many people benefit from using them. What happens, though, when speech is the only tool of controlling such services? How do they work for people who stutter or have other speech impairments?

The Swedish Stuttering Association and Funka are working together in a new and exciting project on digital accessibility for people who stutter. On the October 22nd, 2021 we celebrated the International Stuttering Awareness Day by organising an online event where we presented the project.

The webinar also offered a panel discussion where representatives from public sector, industry and end users reflected upon what currently is most important for people who stutter, what kind of problems speech-controlled services cause for people who stutter and how this often forgotten aspect of accessibility can be improved.

The webinar was recorded.


13.00 Welcome and practical information
Susanna Laurin, Funka

13.05 Stuttering in a digital world
Anita Blom, The Swedish Stuttering Association

13.20 Speech as a digital tool
Ewa Björk, Funka

13.30 Panel discussion

  • Anita Blom, The Swedish Stuttering Association, Sweden
  • Sigridur Fossberg, Chairwoman of the Icelandic Stuttering Association, Iceland
  • Gareth Walkom, withVR, Belgium
  • Elisabeth Aguilera, Chief of Accessibility, The Swedish Public Employment Service, Sweden
  • Ewa Björk, Project manager, Funka, Sweden

14.00 – Q&A session

14.30 – Goodbye

Recording of the webinar, Youtube, opens in new window

Speech as a digital tool


Ewa Björk

Title: Research Assistant

ewa.bjork@funka.com (Ewa Björk)

+46 8 555 770 71 (Ewa Björk)