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Scope celebrates 100 days until the Paralympics with #30towatch

It’s 100 days to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games.

Scope is celebrating by throwing a spotlight on ‘the ones to watch’ – 30 extraordinary disabled people under 30.

These up-and-coming stars are our #30towatch.

With breakout sporting talent, creative entrepreneurs and innovators, actors and rap artists – the list showcases the disabled stars of the future.

London 2012 changed attitudes to disability and celebrated Paralympians as sporting equals.

But four years on, Scope polling shows that a staggering 76% of disabled 18-35 year olds say they are treated differently because they are disabled. The research shows that of those:

  • Just over a third (36%) said people seem uncomfortable and don’t know how to talk to them
  • A third (33%) said people patronise them because they are disabled.

Previous Scope research shows that millennials are twice as likely as older people to feel awkward around disabled people. And one-fifth of 18-34 year olds have actually avoided talking to a disabled person because they weren’t sure how to communicate.

Rio 2016 is an opportunity to talk about disability, challenge attitudes and increase understanding about what life is like for disabled people today.

We’re sharing blogs, films and images from our #30towatch throughout June, and bringing their experiences and expertise into the real world with Twitter takeovers and live Facebook Q&As.

Check out our blog for stories from a whole host of different disabled people from all walks of life who are doing the most extraordinary things. Some of our #30toWatch stories include:

  • Nicholas McCarthy who defied all odds to become the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history.
  • Scope supporter, blogger and businesswoman Kelly Perks-Bevington who has just bought a football club. She has plans to turn it into the most accessible club in the country.
  • Holby City star Jules Robertson who has beaten the stigma and attitudes around autism to become a show regular.
  • Natasha Coates, a disabled gymnast who is literally allergic to exercise. She has fought hard to win numerous British titles and is a firm favourite among the gymnastics community.
  • Powerchair footballer Chris Gordon who will be representing England in the World Cup next year.

To stay up to date with these amazing stories, make sure you keep checking out our 30 Under 30 hub page every day throughout June.