The last year has been incredibly challenging for everyone. While the pandemic has disrupted all our lives, it’s disabled people who’ve been hit hardest. A shocking 6 in 10 people who’ve died from Covid-19 were disabled (Office for National Statistics, 2021).
Like everyone, we had to adapt our plans and change the way we work. We moved to home and digital working, closed our shops, furloughed many colleagues and reduced overall working hours to save costs. Despite this, we kept all our services running at full capacity, wherever we could – recognising that this was when many disabled people needed them most.
Over the past year, we’ve campaigned relentlessly for disabled people not to be forgotten by the government in their coronavirus response. We made sure disabled people’s needs and experiences were heard, launching our We Won’t Be Forgotten campaign in response to the pandemic.
While the past year has been full of obstacles, it’s also brought opportunities. And it’s pushed us to innovate and be bold. With more services forced to go online or be delivered by phone, we’ve been able to expand the areas of the UK we work in and reach even more disabled people.
The pandemic has made it even clearer that disabled people continue to be treated unfairly and unequally in many areas of life. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we use our collective power to change attitudes, end injustice and bring about concrete change for disabled people.
At Scope, we won’t stop until we achieve a society where disabled people have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.
In this report, we track the progress we’ve made against our strategy. It shows how we’ve responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic and how we’ve supported disabled people throughout this incredibly difficult time.
We know we still have a long way to go until disabled people and their families experience everyday equality. But with your support, we will make this happen.