Scope launches online forum for young disabled people
21 January 2011
The charity already hosts a number of active forums on its site primarily geared towards parents of disabled children and disabled adults. This forum will be the first aimed at young disabled people aged between 10 and 18 years.
The forum was established in response to an increase in the number of calls the charity’s free information and advice helpline, Scope Response, had been receiving about young disabled people who are feeling isolated, different and misunderstood.
Jacqui Piper, co-ordinator at Scope, said:
“Many teenagers find it difficult to talk to their parents about their feelings and disabled teenagers are no different. Increasingly we’re hearing about young disabled people who feel frustrated and angry at being misunderstood. We wanted to create a safe space for them to come together, to share their experiences, find information and talk through issues they are experiencing with their peers.”
About Meeting Point, Jhon Bateman, aged 13 said:
“I think it will be good as it’s an instant way of communicating with other people of a similar age. Even if you’re ill because of your disability you would still be able to talk to people.”