A photo montage of everyone from our 100 stories campaign

The lives of 100 disabled people and their families – #100days100stories

Leading up to today’s General Election, we wanted to get politicians thinking differently about disability.

So for the last 100 days we’ve shared 100 compelling, moving and at times, shocking stories from disabled people and their families.

We’ve worked with our story-tellers to share their stories with their local candidates – reminding politicians of the big and varied issues disabled people are facing.

No ‘typical disability story’

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Disabled model Hayley-Eszti.

Disabled lawyers, actors, models, travel writers, campaigners, entrepreneurs and politicians are among the 100 who have shared their stories.

We’ve heard about people’s attitudes, volunteering, communication aids, finding work, going to festivals, hate crime and what it’s like getting older.

We’ve also heard stories about hearing dogs, working with disabled people in the community and fostering.

Parents, sport and young people

Parents have shared their stories about communicating with their disabled children, juggling their jobs with looking after their kids, what it’s like spending a lot of time in hospital and the importance of peer support.

Sport and fitness has played a big part in many people’s stories – we’ve heard stories about wheelchair fitness, cycling, the Paralympics, golf and marathons.

From prison to the Paralympics: Craig shared his story
From prison to the Paralympics: Craig shared his story

And young people like Holly, Felix, Chloe and Nathan have shared their stories about their lives, aspirations and the challenges they’re facing. And young disabled campaigner Charlie told us what he would do if he was Prime Minister.

An overwhelming response

In the last 100 days we’ve had about 140,000 views of our story blogs and films, a huge increase from our usual blog and film viewings.

Our most popular story of the whole campaign was Carol’s, about life with an invisible impairment, followed closely by Alexandra’s story about being offered a termination while pregnant, and Jean’s story about getting a job with the bus company she made a complaint to.

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Carol’s story was the most popular of the campaign

We’ve had an overwhelming response to the stories on social media – nearly 60,000 people have liked, clicked, commented or shared the stories on Facebook and the hash tag #100days100stories has been tweeted more than 1,000 times just in the last month.

One Facebook supporter wrote: “This series is just brilliant. I have used several of the blogs as part of my MA research project. Keep sharing stories everyone. People need to hear them.”

In an article about charities’ pre-election campaigns, The Guardian wrote “we’ve especially liked how Scope has put its service users at the front of the campaign and enabled them to tell their story in their own words”.

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Anna shares her story of countless hospital visits with her daughter Scarlett

Getting political

The campaign has allowed our story-tellers to connect with politicians in a very direct and personal way.

There have been some great responses to people who have taken part in the campaign from existing MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates. Hearing directly from constituents always resonates far more with both of these groups.

Today’s the day to have your voice heard

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Rosemary urges disabled people to vote

Scope challenges politicians of all parties to improve the lives of disabled people – just as we have always done.

We’re calling on the next Government to raise disabled people’s living standards by supporting more disabled people into work; addressing the extra costs of disability and improving the support disabled people get to live independently.

It’s really important that politicians hear from disabled people – as Rosemary explains in her story. So today’s the day – go out, vote and have your voice heard!

Find out more about Scope’s priorities for 2015.

Take a look at all the stories we’ve shared during our 100 days, 100 stories campaign