Our press team find opportunities to share our storytellers’ experiences more widely, so we can reach even more people. In case you missed them, we’ve rounded up the stories that were featured in the news throughout March.
For Rare Disease Day, Carole Villiers shared the story of her son Dexter’s diagnosis and how it changed her family’s life. You might not think it, but up to 30 million people may be affected by one of over 6000 rare diseases. Carole was supported by our Face 2 Face service in Brighton.
George Osborne faces Commons defeat over plans to cut £4.4bn from disability benefits – The Independent
The Chancellor is under pressure to compromise over the plans to reduce Personal Independence Payments. Scope supporter Hugh Thomson-Slater, 63, from Surrey has cerebral palsy and spoke out about the effect that these changes could have on disabled people. He says: “My equipment is very important to me. Without my wheelchair I’d lose my independence.”
Scope storyteller Susan Donnelly was on the Victoria Derbyshire show discussing proposed changes to Personal Independence Payments, and the impact that extra costs have on her life.
Eighteen-year-old Alisha Williams, has cerebral palsy and thought she would never be able to sit a GCSE exam but now thanks to a piece of helpful technology, she will be sitting not one but two. She attends Craig y Parc School, Scope’s school for disabled children and young people based in Cardiff.
Kate Caryer, founder of the Unspoken Project, writes: I am a rude, pink-haired theatre lover, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and no speech. I use a communication aid to speak (think a punk Stephen Hawking), but the words that come out of my computer will quickly shatter any stereotypes you might have about disabled people.” Kate has written Speechless, a play directed by Paul C. Mooney, which uses dark humour and disabled villains to get across a serious point: you don’t need speech to have a voice.