Our history

It’s over 20 years since we changed our name from The Spastics Society to Scope.

In 1952, three parents of children with cerebral palsy set up The Spastics Society because no one would educate their children.

The organisation grew and changed to become a household name. But attitudes to disabled people changed as well. The word 'spastic' became a term of abuse. Suddenly, The Spastics Society's name was holding it back.

We wanted to say something positive about disability. In 1994, The Spastics Society became Scope.

Blog: Learn more about Scope 20 years after the name change

A blog on how attitudes have changed towards disabled people and their challenges.

Statistics reveal more about disability in Britain

Statistics reveal how attitudes towards disabled people have changed over the decades.