O is for orgasm – #EndtheAwkward

Is your partner having a good time, or are they having a seizure? As Emily explains in this video, it can be an easy mistake to make. 

O is for orgasm is part of Scope’s A to Z of sex and disability.

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Between London to Paris in 24 hours

You’ve probably already heard about Scope’s cycle event, London to Paris 24, which challenges you to cycle the 280 miles from London to Paris in just 24 hours. Unable to take part in the event because of an injury, Lucy Alliot was determined to cycle part of the 280 mile distance and created her own event – Lucy cycles between London to Paris in 24 hours. Here’s her guest blog looking back at her very unique event.

I completed it. Not quite as expected, but nevertheless I got there in the end with a bit of an added adventure! I departed from London at 11am on Saturday. Despite the rain I had a very smooth run down to Newhaven (including an accidental diversion to Croydon). I took the ferry over to Dieppe and set up my lights on the bike to head out along the dark French roads in the direction of Paris.

Unfortunately at 2.27am (French time), my bike derailleur completely snapped off. Even with an extensive tool kit there was nothing that could be done without a new part. Determined not to give up I assessed the options:

  1.  Borrow the velo I’d seen propped up by La Poste in the previous village, and commit to getting it back at a reasonable time the next day before anyone realised.
  2.  Walk to Paris.
  3. Try to find a bike shop open on a Sunday in France!

Since the French bike was built for a 7 foot man and walking would take 1.5 days, I decided to throw the bike in the car and try to find a repair shop. After a lot of searching we found what seemed to be the only bike shop open in France on a Sunday (Gepetto & Velos, Paris). At 5am we set-up camp outside to wait for it to open. Soon we realised sleep was near impossible so took the opportunity to take a whistle stop tour of the Parisian sites.

When the bike shop finally opened at 10 in the morning I attempted to negotiate with my limited French to have the bike fixed and sussed out the rusty second hand bikes to buy as a back-up. After a bit of a bodge job I was thrilled to be able to walk away with a bike whose wheels turned, despite not being able to cycle in the bottom cog – but it would get me going!

It was time to depart from La Tour Effiel and head back toward the scene of the crime, completing the route backwards, now greeted by a beautiful headwind. Nevertheless the weather was stunning and I could actually see what I was cycling past now. I finally arrived 22 hours later (excluding a few for fixing the bike in Paris!). Not quite the scenic end that I had anticipated, however I took a second attempt at the hill that had originally left my bike broken.

Lucy has received fantastic support from her friends and family, already raising over £1400 for Scope’s work. She wants to thank the very kind support car that stayed awake for 40 hours to help her finish what she had set out to do. Fancy taking part yourself in 2016? You can get your place today.

Future Ambitions: Getting young disabled people into work

Guy Chaudoir is Service Manager for Scope’s Future Ambitions Service. Guy has been at Scope for three years and has spent the last eight years working with young people to support them in employment and apprenticeships.

I was recently asked by a prospective employee in an interview what the best thing about my job was, for me it was an easy question to answer. The best thing about my job is seeing the progress a young disabled person makes when we work with them to achieve their goals.

I run a new service for Scope, called Future Ambitions, the service is supported by the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation and its goal is to support young disabled people into paid work.

The difficulties disabled people face

Young disabled people tell us that they find it difficult to tell people about their disability, so they get the right support to stay in a job. They also tell us that it is a crowded market and if you don’t fit exactly to what an employer is looking for, then you don’t even get an interview or an acknowledgement that you’ve actually applied.

No one loves filling in an application form, writing a cover letter or having a job interview, what we aim to do is work with young disabled people to be able to do this, so they can get a job they love.

But it’s not just about the practical parts of finding a job, each person that joins our service gets support from their own advisor to work on what they need to gain employment, be it support to improve confidence or time management, work experience in a field they are interested, interview skills, how to disclose their disability to an employer and support at interviews.

Working with employers

We also work with Employers, supporting them to recruit and retain young disabled people in their workplace. Along with introducing them to candidates that might not have exactly the right qualifications and experience, but with the right support from us, will thrive and grow with their business.

As I said before the best thing about my job is seeing the progress in the young people we work with, and I looking forward to seeing that happen again and again.

Find out more about Future Ambitions on our website  or email future@scope.org.uk

Future Ambitions is for disabled residents of Hackney, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets aged 16-25 who aren’t currently in employment or education.