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Scope has been supporting disabled people and their families for over 60 years. These pictures and films track our transformation from The Spastics Society to Scope and what we've achieved along the way.
Video describing The chance of their lives (1952)Read the transcript
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Video describing The chance of their lives (1952)
Read the transcript
A film exploring the difficulties faced by people with cerebral palsy in their everyday lives and how little help there used to be for disabled people.
Video describing About Scope (2014)About Scope film
Video describing About Scope (2014)
About Scope film
Scope exists to make the country a more equal and accessible place for disabled people. We also work hard to provide support for disabled people and their families. Learn more about our work in this short film.
Video describing Every eight hours (1960)Read the transcript
Video describing Every eight hours (1960)
Learn more about the early work of The Spastics Society. The title of this film takes its name from the fact that, at the time, one child with cerebral palsy was born every eight hours.
Video describing End the awkward (2014)Read the transcript
Video describing End the awkward (2014)
A film revealing the assumptions and attitudes that create awkward situations for disabled people and their families.
Please note, we are unable to provide transcripts or captions on some of the videos at this time.
In 1970, we opened our first charity shop in borrowed premises in Sevenoaks, Kent. Scope now has nearly 250 shops.
In 1979, Valerie Lang became our first disabled woman trustee and successfully campaigned to replace the collection dolls from our high streets.
In 1984, Disability Now magazine was launched to provide information for disabled people and their families.
In 1990, Claire Rayner helped to launch our helpline to provide free information and support.
Esther Rantzen and the Duke of Westminster celebrate our 40th anniversary.
In 1994, Ben Elton presented William Hague, Minister for Disabled People, with a flag signed by 40 celebrities and 12,000 signatures endorsing equal rights for disabled people.
In 1997, Scope’s Polls Apart report showed that 94% of 1,272 polling stations surveyed (which after all are public buildings like schools and community centres) had access difficulties, denying many disabled people the right to vote independently.
In 2004, Nelson Mandela helped launch Time to Get Equal, a campaign that sought to eradicate disablism or prejudice against disabled people.
2005 'Girl Picking Apples' painting by Quentin Blake was part of Scope's In the Picture campaign, supported by many well-known illustrators, to raise awareness of the need to include disabled children in the books they read.
Find out how @Scope is helping people to feel more confident about disability. Help us #EndTheAwkward http://bit.ly/2egoZQx