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We've been working with disabled people and their families for over 60 years. Here are some of the key landmarks in our history:
The National Spastics Society (the original name of Scope) is founded by three parents and a social worker who want disabled children to have equal rights to an education.
Craig y Parc School opens in Cardiff with a waiting list for children who had previously no right to be educated. Today our specialist schools teach children whose needs are currently not met elsewhere.
Our first employment officer, Bill Hargreaves, supports hundreds of disabled people to find their first jobs.
Every Eight Hours, narrated by Richard Dimbleby, is broadcast on national TV. The title refers to the fact that every eight hours a child with cerebral palsy is born in the UK.
We open our first charity shop in Sevenoaks, Kent. We now have nearly 250 shops.
Beaumont College, our further education college for disabled 16-19 year olds, opens.
Our helpline launches to provide free information and support to disabled people and their families.
Read our booklet, The Spastics Society to Scope, on why we changed our name.
Changing Society is published, featuring interviews with 17 individuals on our history.
Speaking for Ourselves teaching pack sent to secondary schools.
Scope merges with Disability Information and Advice Lines to create a national advice and information network for disabled people.
Scope took the decision to change its name in 1994 because the word 'spastic' had become a common term of abuse for disabled people.
Scope is once again tackling public attitudes to disability with the End the Awkward campaign, which uses comedy to highlight the awkwardness that many people feel when they are around disabled people.
See some more blasts from the past 60 years on our Pinterest board
“People ask me if I can have sex. I wouldn’t ask a stranger their favourite sexual position!" http://bit.ly/1KdqSR4 #EndtheAwkward
Film: RJ Mitte on the return of End the Awkward