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Pleased to meet you

I’m so happy to be writing to you as Scope’s new Chief Executive, because you are one of the reasons why I’m here. 

I was inspired by how everyone in the organisation, including supporters like you, who share a vision of everyday equality for disabled people, and I wanted to be part of that. 

My responsibility is to now make that vision a reality. And you, our supporters, are vital to the impact we have. I recently met a young disabled person using our services, and their words show you the difference your support is making.

“I used to hate my diagnosis and hide it from everyone. But Scope has given me
confidence to talk about my condition. It has opened up so many opportunities that I am really excited about.” 

Thank you for your support, and here’s to an exciting future together.

Mark Hodgkindon, Scope new Chief Executive.

Ready for change! The Class of 2019

The latest group of young disabled people took part in Scope for Change and celebrated their graduation from the programme at an event in Westminster. You should celebrate too – because you helped fund Scope for Change, enabling the group to learn new skills to run their own campaigns.

The class of 2019 are ready to make a change.

“My disability didn’t matter,” says one graduate.

“I was around other people who understood what it was like.”

Listen up, prime minister

An incredible 40,000 people signed our Now is the Time petition, calling for a Minister for Disabled Children and Families. Here’s Emily, the face of our campaign, handing in the petition at 10 Downing Street. We’ll keep you posted about how the Government responds.

Barbie, the latest Disability Gamechanger

One of the world’s most iconic toys has recently embraced disability. The latest collection of Barbie dolls launches this autumn, and for the first time there’s a doll with a prosthetic limb and another with a wheelchair.

It’s about time that all children can play with toys that represent them and their lives. Anyone working to challenge negative attitudes and celebrate disability is a Disability Gamechanger – and that includes dolls.

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