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Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people like Christie and Elise every year.

Christie and Elise's story

"Whether or not you’re a parent, I’m sure you’ll understand why I wanted Christmas to be amazing for my daughter, Elise – especially after everything we’d been through.

Elise, who was born prematurely at 33 weeks, was really sick as a baby. She wasn’t meeting her developmental milestones. At nearly one, she wasn’t sitting up.

Just before last Christmas, I got a letter confirming Elise has cerebral palsy. I was devastated – I thought Elise’s life was over before it had even started. I couldn’t stop worrying about her.

When I called Scope’s helpline, I finally talked to someone who understood what I was going through. It meant the world to me.

I’ve started to enjoy Elise’s achievements, instead of worrying about what other children can do at her age. When she started sitting up on her own, it was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I was so happy.

If I hadn’t called Scope, I would still be terrified of the future and I’d be avoiding going out. Elise would be missing out on so much. And the world would be missing out on Elise – she is such a happy, wonderful little girl."

If you would like to help more people like Elise please get in touch.

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