I’ve wanted to live independently for a long time – #100days100stories

Ben wants to live in his own home, like other young people. Despite being in work and finding a flat, he can’t move as he’s still struggling to get the council and other agencies to work together. Today Scope launches a report into how joined-up services can make a difference to disabled people. Read Ben’s story in the next of our 100 days 100 stories campaign

I live with my parents – I always have apart from the few years I was at college. I have wanted to live independently for a long time. I’ve spoken to my social workers about this repeatedly.

Getting the right support

I was on the council’s housing list for about 12 years and in 2013 I finally found a flat. I contacted social services and asked how I could change my support. I’d tried doing it before I found my flat, but they said “you can’t arrange your support until you find somewhere to live.” Eventually they assessed me and came up with a care package that was just utterly ridiculous. They were only going to fund an hour in the morning to get me up – nothing during the day at weekends, nothing in the evenings and nothing overnight.

So lots of arguments ensued. The council wouldn’t help me. They shunted me onto the NHS. The NHS turned me down for continuing healthcare. Now they’ve changed their mind, but I still don’t know when I’m going to be able to move in. I’ve been paying for a flat for over a year that I haven’t even slept in.

The attitude was “well, this is the support you’ve got and you’ve just got to make do – get on with it.” And when you’re in chronic pain, the last thing you want to be doing is spending your time on the phone arguing that you’re in chronic pain.

Different people phone up and ask exactly the same question that someone asked you three weeks ago. And it’s like – talk to each other! I shouldn’t be sitting there and telling person A that person B has already come and done the assessment. As the service user, that’s not my responsibility.

We need joined-up services

I’m now taking anti-depressants. I was off work with depression, I’ve nearly lost my job. I’ve ended a relationship as a result. I’ve had screaming rows with my parents because I was so stressed.

If I’d known what it would do, I wouldn’t ever have started down the road of independent living. I can absolutely see why so many disabled people end up in residential care or remain living with their parents.

I never thought living independently would be this hard in a million years.

Find out more about our 100 days, 100 stories campaign and read the rest of the stories so far.

My letter to cerebral palsy

Chloe is a high school student, who has cerebral palsy. Here, she writes a letter describing the highs and lows of her condition. 

Dear cerebral palsy,

I both love and hate you.

I hate you because you make my life difficult. Every single day I’m faced with challenges because of you. Sometimes I wish you would go away and leave me alone. You trip me up and make me fall, making me do embarrassing things in front of people and having far too much control over my life. I hate you because of the frustration you create when I can’t always do as much as I’d like to, or getting tired far too easy. I dislike the pain that you cause me, and how it never goes away. You don’t exactly make things plain sailing, do you? I know I’m not making you sound very nice, and in the words of John Green – “the world is not a wish granting factory.” However I know this, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not all negative and here is why I think that.

I have mild cerebral palsy, which basically means I can pretty much do everything. It just might take me a little longer, or I might do things in a slightly different way (when my hair was longer I used to plait it using my mouth – don’t judge!). It means my left hand and leg is weaker, and might not always cooperate (especially when it’s really needed!). However I have a super strong right hand and leg – which makes up for it (doesn’t sound so bad does it)! I might walk A LOT slower than my friends, and always have a queue of annoyed people behind me. However when I’m in my wheelchair they struggle to keep up! It means I might need a helping hand every now and then – despite being a very stubborn person.

But here’s why I love you. If you hadn’t been a part of my life, I wouldn’t be the same person. I would have never achieved some pretty crazy things which I have. Because of you I’ve pushed myself beyond what I thought was possible. Thanks to you I write this blog, am a charity ambassador, have a Facebook page and have met some amazing people. I have had the delight of meeting the most amazing and inspirational people through this blog and the charity of CP Teens UK. Thanks to you I know Anne Eliot – an amazing author, who writes fantastic books. I love you because it means I can appreciate the little things. Getting through one day without ending up on the floor – it’s an achievement guys! When that one person gets the heavy door which you hate. I love you for not making things boring and normal, for getting me to think outside of the box. Also the queue skipping, that’s pretty great, especially at theme parks. ☻

Furthermore I love you for always wanting a challenge. This month it’s been an Uptown Funk kind of challenge, of the dancing variety. My school was challenged to make a dance video, to the Uptown Funk song- you probably know it well, whilst being filmed around school and here is our response. (I’m about 3 minutes in).

I have to say I enjoyed every single second of it, and would do it all again tomorrow if I could! I’d like to thank all of the members of staff who were involved and made it possible for me to do it. Dancing certainly isn’t something I get to do everyday, making this occasion very special.

Thanks to cerebral palsy I have been able to find the confidence within me and know that anything is possible. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I would not be as strong without you. Thank you for that.

Yours faithfully,
Chloe
(A student who happens to have cerebral palsy)

Chloe recently shared her story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

We want the boys to experience things together, as brothers should – #100days100stories

Martin is a big Manchester United fan, along with his three boys. His eldest son Jordan uses a wheelchair and attends one of Scope’s schools. Martin writes a blog called United Discriminates, and has shared his story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

I’m father to three lads. Zac is four years old, Ethan is six, and Jordan is now 17. My eldest Jordan has a number of medical conditions, which means he has learning difficulties, suffers many seizures a day, and uses a wheelchair.  As a family we always try to do our best to make sure that Jordan and the boys get to experience things together, as brothers should.

Football with the boys

I’m a life-long Manchester United fan, and have recently managed to persuade the wife to allow me to take the boys to watch them play. Martin with two of his sons outside Manchester United football clubWe try to make it once a month. I bought memberships for myself and the youngest two. Before I bought the membership for Jordan, I contacted Manchester United, to see how it worked with wheelchair seating.

Manchester United won’t let us sit together

I was met by an email, that stated:

“There are facilities at Old Trafford that accommodate wheelchair supporters in attending matches. However, there is only one place at the side of the wheelchair place for a carer. All carers need to be 16 years of age and over.Therefore, in this case to attend at the same time there will be difficulties i.e. you won’t all be able to sit together.”

You can see that this was going to be an issue.  As I am but one man, and although I like to think of myself as “Superdad”, I can’t really sit in two places at once.  I emailed again and explained that sitting apart was not an option due to the age of the children.  What came next was somewhat gobsmacking to say the least:

“There are some clubs that would welcome you with open arms and possibly ask you to bring as many family members as possible… the downside is it wouldn’t be at Old Trafford, most probably Rochdale, Oldham or Stockport.” (Email from Manchester United’s Disability Liaison Officer)

I literally couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Is this email actually telling a fan to go and watch Rochdale, Oldham or Stockport?  And what made this so called “Liaison Officer” believe that he could say such a thing, to not only a fan, but a paying member, a supporter whose membership and ticket purchases pay for his wage. To say it got my back up is an understatement. And it resulted in a complaint to Manchester United Customer Care Manager, who replied:

“Regarding other clubs welcoming you with open arms, please beA logo saying 'United discriminate' assured that this was not meant to suggest you were not welcome here at Old Trafford. Instead, Phil was referring to the fact that the pressures on disabled and non-disabled ticketing allocations, are differing in comparison with other clubs where this may be less of an issue.”

It’ll cost us extra

The email went on to say the following:

“In line with stadium safety protocols we are regrettably unable to accommodate your request for you and your three children to all sit together as a family whilst watching a game. The alternative is still as previously outlined that you as the father and primary carer for your son to be situated on the wheelchair viewing  platform, and for your two other children to be accompanied by an adult in the seating area just to the front of the platform. You would be able to meet as a family before, during and after the game in the Ability Suite. As stated this would be subject to the availability of any unsold easy access seating, and the adult member caring for your children under 12 would have to be current members and have their tickets charged, which would be the standard procedure anywhere else in the stadium.  Many clubs are in a similar position and we are unable to meet your expectations at this time.” (Email from Manchester United’s Customer Care Manager)

So basically what I am understanding from all of this is that if my eldest son was not a wheelchair user, or had any medical conditions, as a father I could buy four memberships, buy four tickets, sit and watch the football altogether, and enjoy the thrill of a match as a family.

But as a direct action of my eldest son using a wheelchair, not only can my family not enjoy the football together, but we also have to buy an extra membership for another adult, and an additional adult match day ticket? And this email actually says that the reason for this is the stadium’s safety protocols.  So what safety issues are there with me watching the football with my family?

I won’t give up!

I intend on taking this all the way. Not sure where or how,  but I’m hoping that this blog will generate a few options. And I have now set my goal, to get Manchester United FC to change their seating layouts to allow families like mine to sit together.  As it won’t only affect me. A father who uses a wheelchair would also not be able to take his two children to the football, for example.

Banner saying 'Theatre of dreams, Old Trafford - our dream is to watch it togather'

Please spread this blog, far and wide.  If you are reading this because you, like me, have issues getting to sporting events because of disability and access, then I recommend an organisation called Level Playing Field.  They will help you.

Also please follow @utddiscriminate on Twitter.  It’s going to be a thorn in Manchester United’s side until they get their act together and sort out some of the issues they have with discriminating against disabled Man U fans.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I know it’s a rant. But change starts somewhere, and hopefully this is the start of that.

Have you had any similar experiences? We’d really like to hear from you. 

If you want to share your story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign, contact us at stories@scope.org.uk

I want to make changes for disabled people – #100days100stories

Jhon is from Leicester. He’s really passionate about making his voice heard and making a difference for disabled people. Jhon has shared his story as part of our 100 Days, 100 Stories campaign.

Please note this video flickers slightly at points.

When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor as I wanted to help people with disabilities, like my own. When I was about 11 or 12 I stated to become interested in politics because I wanted to get young people’s voices heard, and particularly young disabled people. This is something I’m really passionate about as I sometimes felt ignored as a disabled person.

Not only did I want my voice to be heard, I wanted everyone else’s voices to be heard too.

I’ve already started thinking about how I’m going to achieve this. I know that qualifications are important and I’ve been looking at universities and what qualifications I need to get on to the right course.

I know that I need to be well rounded and I’m trying to get experience, because universities want people who are passionate and committed. I’ve worked with lots of different organisations and charities. Scope were really helpful because I was able to be a Trendsetter and shape the way they work with young people. This has really helped me improve my confidence.

I’ve been speaking to as many people as I can to get as much experience and information as possible. I’ve achieved quite a lot so far and have spoken at Parliament a few times, which was an amazing experience. It helped me to develop my communication skills which are really important.

I’m determined to do the best that I can in my A-Levels and university and continue to gain more experience in politics, which will help me achieve my goals.

If you’re a young person looking for a job or to make a change in the world, my advice would be to make a plan, speak to people, don’t be frightened, and have fun!

Would like to make a difference by sharing your story as part of our 100 Days, 100 Stories campaign? Please contact us at stories@scope.org.uk if you’d like to get involved.

Watching the Paralympics changed everything for me – #100days100stories

Ellie was too self-conscious to do sports at school because she has cerebral palsy. She spent PE lessons  doing homework instead. Today she is a top athlete. Ellie shares her story as part of Scope’s 100 days, 100 stories campaign.Ellie smiling

I avoided sports at all costs throughout school simply because I had
cerebral palsy. I went to a mainstream school and on the whole I really enjoyed it. I just wished that the other students were more open to the fact that I was a little bit different to them.

Things started to get difficult for me when I was around 13 or 14. That’s the age when kids start to form cliques and reject anyone who isn’t the same as them.

Hiding inside

Whenever we had a PE class, the teachers would look at me and say: ‘shall we go inside and do some homework Ellie?’ I went along with it because I hated the idea of getting up in front of a group of girls.

I thought my classmates would judge me because I’m disabled and wouldn’t want me on their teams. My cerebral palsy is very obvious when I move and I wanted to stay inside and hide away.

The Paralympics

Then came the summer of 2012. I watched five minutes of the Paralympics on the telly and was blown away. It changed everything for me. I watched people like myself competing and I just sat there and thought ‘wow’.

Six months later, I saw on Twitter that ParalympicsGB was holding a ‘sports fest’ where you could try out all of the Paralympic sports.
It was an incredible day with an amazing atmosphere. I loved the fact that everything was set up so I could participate.

When it came to sports, I’d always heard: “no, you can’t do that, it’s not safe.” This time, it was all: “come on and have a go.” I’d never experienced anything like it before.

Becoming an athlete

I had a go at ‘clubbing’. You have a wooden baton which you throw as far as you can. I was surprised to find I was good at it! I left my contact details with the organisers of the event and a few weeks later they found me a coach at the local athletics club.Ellie playing sport outside in her wheelchair

I am now an F32 Club Thrower and I have competed at a national level. Most of the people in my category cannot walk or talk. In everyday life, people like us are totally overlooked by society. That’s why it’s so thrilling to be an athlete.

Out there on the field, being watched by hundreds of people, I am in complete control. As a disabled person, I don’t feel that way very often.

My life has been transformed by sports

I cannot put into words how much I love athletics; it gives me control, and it doesn’t discriminate against me, which I suppose is bizarre as it’s a very physical thing and I have a physical disability.

My life has been totally transformed by sport, and this inspired me to go to university and do a sports coaching degree.

Making sports accessible

It’s been good for the other students to think about how to make sports accessible – hopefully they will continue to do this when they qualify and start working.

Through my degree, I hope to make disabled people aware that they can do sports and find confidence in their bodies.

Ellie is also the founder of CP Teens UK, an organisation which offers support, friendships, opportunities and events for teenagers and young people with cerebral palsy. 

Find out more about our 100 days, 100 stories campaign and read the rest of the stories so far

I wanted to help other dads – #100days100stories

Today is World Down Syndrome Day, so we’re sharing Austin’s story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

Austin quit his job to become a full time dad to his son Christian, who has Down’s syndrome. Here he talks about the training he received from  Scope’s befriending service and how it helps him  support other parents.

“I  left my job at a solicitor’s firm to become a full-time carer when my son Christian was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. Three years on, I volunteer for Scope’s befriending service, giving emotional support to other parents of disabled children.”

Little boy with Down's syndrome sitting on a chair

“My partner Victoria and I found out Christian had Down’s syndrome just five days after he was born prematurely.”

“I was at home waiting to pick my other son Lawrence up from school and I got a phone call from Victoria,” Austin says. “I knew immediately that Christian’s blood tests for Down’s were positive because all I could hear on the phone was crying. Victoria was inconsolable.”

Craving emotional support.

“There was no follow-up and no support,” says Austin. “I’m pretty sure most of the leaflets ended up in the bin. We were in no fit state to take in a load of information.

“The one thing that did make a difference was that one of the nurses had a daughter with Down’s. She was wonderful, absolutely superb. She came in and sat down with Victoria, put her arm around her, and spoke about her own daughter. She made such a difference it was untrue.”

“Training for Scope’s befriending service made me realise I’m not alone.”

A few months later, Austin realised he couldn’t combine his demanding job with giving Christian the care he needed, so he decided to become a full-time dad.

In the first 18 months of Christian’s life, he was admitted to hospital nine times with chest and bone infections. On one of those hospital visits, Austin spotted a poster for Scope’s befriending service. Knowing the difference the nurse had made for him and Victoria at the hospital, Austin decided to train as a befriender.

“The training was first-class. I loved it because it made me realise I wasn’t alone. There are days when you don’t want to get out of your pyjamas and leave the house. Doing the Scope training made me realise that most other parents have those days.”

“There are no other male befrienders in my area, but you can bet there are plenty of dads who need someone to talk to.”

Nearly a year after he did the training, Austin remains the only male befriender in Liverpool.

Christian is now three, and recently started nursery. “Christian is a bundle of fun and a bundle of love”, says Austin. “He’s a joy to be with.”

One morning a week Austin volunteers at the Alder Hey children’s hospital, giving support to parents whose children have just been diagnosed, or are recovering from major surgery which has left them disabled.

“One man I supported has a baby daughter with Down’s. On the first day we met, I said to him: ‘the one thing about children with Down’s syndrome is that they radiate love. You’re never ever going to get love like that from any other human being in your life. It’s such a wonderful thing but you can’t see it at the moment because she’s only a baby.’”

“Scope offers an amazing service. It can really hold families together at a time of absolute crisis.”

Austin remembers how hard it was dealing with the emotional anxiety of finding out about Christian’s condition. “If we’d had some human touch at that early stage, it would have made all the difference. We needed to speak to someone who had been there and who understood. You cannot underestimate how valuable Scope’s befriending service is.”

He also hopes more dads will become Scope befrienders: “Men bottle things up and don’t talk about their emotions as much as women.

“It’s only when they’re put in a room with someone who’s been through the same things as them that they will open up – that’s why befriending is so important”.

Find out more about 100 days, 100 stories and read the rest of the stories so far.

Confessions of a video producer – #100days100stories

Scope’s Digital Film and Media Officer, Phil, looks back on the first time he worked with a disabled person and how that changed his point of view. Phil is sharing this story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

It was October 2011. Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent. One month into my new job as a video producer at British Gymnastics. I was trying to get to grips with setting up the equipment for the live streaming of one of the biggest events on the gymnastics calendar. It was my job to look after the filming of the event, making sure we got footage of all the action of the day.

The plan was to have four freelance camera operators working the event. One by one the first three arrived at the venue and we started to get to work. And then, in walked Kev.

I caught myself thinking “How can he do the job?”

In front of me stood a guy with abnormalities of the arms and hands (his words, not mine – even he isn’t totally sure of the exact technical term, but thinks it’s something as tricky to say as ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’!)

There were so many questions on my mind. How can he possibly hold the camera? Would he be able to follow the action happening in the arena? How would we ensure that we made up for the bad quality shots he’s obviously going to get?

My boss at the time assured me that Kev was one of the best camera operators he’d ever worked with. Even though I had doubts in my mind, the show had to go on.

Everything that could have gone wrong during that event did. My camera was temperamental. The radio that kept me in contact with everyone else went down. The camera crane (that I was foolishly put in control of) malfunctioned. It was a total disaster.

Kev to the rescue

All seemed lost, but then Kev swooped in to sort out my technical woes and completely put my mind at rest that these things happen.

I remember distinctly a moment during that event where I looked over at Kev. While I clumsily jolted the camera about trying to track a gymnast flying over a vault, Kev was just calmly following all the action. He made everything look so easy. I was, admittedly, a little bit jealous.

The following day, I was disheartened by how the event had gone. I sifted through the footage we’d captured, eager to see if my terrible preconceptions of Kev’s ability on the camera were correct.

Each shot was perfectly composed, the lighting was spot on and he never missed a second of the action.

Camera Operator, Kevin Hughes, sits in a football stadium
Kev (pictured middle) has been a freelance camera operator for ten years.

Looking back

You might say, ‘so what?’, but for me, meeting Kev was a huge wake up call. A wake up call that helped completely change my perception of disability. Why had I been so ignorant? Why had I doubted Kev’s abilities to do just as well, if not better than a non-disabled person?

Writing it down now, it all seems obvious but this event was the first time I had really spent any time working with a disabled person in my profession. It’s a shame that there aren’t more disabled people working in the media industry.

If things were different, perhaps I wouldn’t have had those ridiculous preconceptions I did on that day.

For the three years I spent at British Gymnastics, I worked with Kev on a whole host of different events and film projects. He became an exceptional, reliable colleague and a really good friend.

When I started at Scope as Digital Film and Media Officer in November 2014, I knew that I wanted Kev to star in one of my features. Even he’d admit he’s more of a natural behind the camera than in front, but with a bit of persuasion he agreed.

I’m glad that we were able to make this film. It highlights the need for attitudes in the media industry to change if disabled people are to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

I feel so privileged to have known and to have worked with Kev – such a talented and dedicated filmmaker who I’ve learnt so much from.

But don’t tell him that. I couldn’t bear the gloating!

Find out more about our 100 days, 100 stories campaign and read the rest of the stories so far.

RJ Mitte says it is time to end the stigma surrounding disability

RJ Mitte, who played Walt Jr in the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad, has been speaking to BBC Ouch about ending the stigma surrounding disability.

RJ recently took time out to share his story with a group of young disabled people – including some aspiring actors and actresses – at a Scope project, which aims to give people the confidence to break into the workplace. The session was hosted by Channel 4 disability lead Alison Walsh. Below are some highlights from the event:

Starting on Breaking Bad

Playing a range of disabilities in his career

What drove him to want to succeed

People thinking he got his job because of being disabled

This is an issue that is hugely important to Scope.  Speaking as C4 launched a new diversity strategy, Scope’s chief executive Richard Hawkes, summed it up:

“Attitudes to disability must improve. Often it’s simply down to people not knowing a disabled person and not understanding what it’s like to be disabled. That’s why representation on TV is so important.

“Channel 4 have led the way in getting more disabled people on and off screen. But we have some way to go until disability really breaks through into the mainstream. We need the creative industries to give disabled talent the opportunity to show what they can do.”

Scope research shows:

  • Nearly half of the British public (43%) do not personally know anyone who is disabled.
  • Two-thirds (66%) said that they would worry about speaking about disability in front of a disabled person, with many worrying they would say something inappropriate or use an offensive term by mistake.
  • 9 in 10 disabled people believe that more disabled people in the media would improve attitudes to disability – highlighting the importance of increased exposure of disabled people in the creative industries.

You can find out more information about the event RJ is hosting. For the latest film content on disability from Scope, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Why I believe in inclusive education – #100days100stories

Guest post from Mima from London, who took part in our First Impressions, First Experiences employment programme and is now aiming for university. Mima uses an electric wheelchair, and types on an iPad to communicate.

When Mima was in secondary school she spent some time at a special school. The lessons at the school were not at the right level for her, and she’s since developed a strong belief that disabled and non-disabled students should learn together whenever possible. Here, she shares her story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign.

I’m hoping to go to university to study sociology and religious studies. I loved sociology when I did it at A-level – you can really look into society and see how it works. I’m especially interested in disabled people’s rights and education.

Inclusive education

I have a very strong belief in inclusive education. I went to a mainstream primary school, but then I went to a special school between the ages of 11 and 14.

It wasn’t right for me at all. I wanted to learn and do my exams, and we were singing ‘Ten Green Bottles!’ I wasn’t learning anything.

When I was 14, I moved to a mainstream school. It was much better – I could do my exams as normal, and I was much happier. I loved it even then, but now I appreciate it even more. My year group was a family unit to me – some of my best friends are from school.

I worked with the same personal assistant at school for seven years, and I did A-levels in psychology and sociology.

I tried university from January to July, but it didn’t work out. The atmosphere wasn’t a good place to learn, and to be honest I was quite lonely. There were people I thought were friends, but they weren’t.

After the summer holidays I decided not to go back. I felt depressed, my confidence was quite low. I was doubting myself quite a lot after uni. It was the biggest disappointment of my life.

First Impressions

Young disabled woman working at a desk
Mima at work at Scope’s offices

My career advisor told me about an employability course called First Impressions, First Experiences. I started in September 2014.

We learnt how to present ourselves; how to prepare for interviews. We did mock interviews, which were quite intimidating – I failed my first interview, but I passed my second! I feel much more confident for job interviews in the future.

The most important thing was making a great group of friends. They are my best mates. We still talk nearly every day on Facebook.

I learnt to be more self-confident. I feel more empowered as a young disabled woman, and it feels awesome!

As part of the course, I also went on placement. I went on a work placement at Scope for three weeks in their campaigns department. I learnt that there’s so much that goes into a campaign – so many little things – and that now it’s much quicker to get messages out there via social media. I designed my own campaign on inclusive education.

I’m volunteering at my old special school now. I want to work in special educational needs, as a teacher. I want to inspire the kids. I want them to know they can make the same journey as me.

Find out more about 100 days, 100 stories, and read the rest of the stories so far.

50 unique stories shared so far! – #100days100stories

Infographic celebrating the sharing of our 50th story

#100Days100Stories 

We’re sharing 100 stories – one each day until the general election – to show that there’s no such thing as a typical story from a disabled person or their family.

We’ve been all over the country collecting your stories!

Our most popular stories so far have been:

1) Lazy? No, just disabled… Life with an invisible impairment.

2) We were offered a termination. No one ever said: “He’ll bring you joy every day”.

3) Girlguiding made me feel valued

Total views of our stories so far: more than 44,000! 

Lots of issues covered – Money, Jobs, Support, Sport, Rap, Volunteering, Relationships, School, Girlguiding, Kissing, Depression, Acting, Stereotypes, Modelling, Costs, Parliament, Music, Awkward, Fostering, Motherhood, Sex, Invisible, Work, Exercise, Sleep, Attitudes, Pregnancy, Transition.

Find out more about 100 Days, 100 Stories, and read the rest of the stories so far.

Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we'll be here.

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