Today marks the start of an important journey for Scope as we launch our new five-year strategy – Everyday equality.
We’re setting out a bold vision for how we can reach more people than ever and continue our mission of driving social change to ensure disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
That’s because we know that life today is much harder for the 13 million disabled people in this country than it needs to be. Disabled people have told us the challenges they face are changing. So we’re changing to meet those challenges with them.
Our mission is to achieve everyday equality with disabled people in Britain.
Everyday equality is about ensuring we all have the same opportunities in life. For us, it’s about ensuring that disabled people aren’t made to feel inferior, aren’t treated unfairly, aren’t overlooked because of their impairment or condition.
It’s about fairness, justice and rights – at home, at school, at work and in our communities.
Disabled people tell us that everyday equality can’t be achieved without a steady income, enough money to pay the bills and cope with life’s unexpected events. For many disabled people – although not all – everyday equality is about having a job.
For others it’s about feeling strong enough to cope with the hard times. It’s about knowing how to get support at times and in ways that are most convenient. It’s about finding people who are in the same boat, not feeling alone or isolated. It’s about being visible, being included and having a voice, going to school, feeling safe, making friends and enjoying life.
We will focus our work in the areas disabled people have told us matter most, supporting them to:
- Get the best start in life
- Live the life they choose
- Be financially secure
We will drive social change by influencing policy, attitudes and championing the rights of disabled consumers. We will continue to offer support, information and advice to disabled people and their families. And of course, disabled people will remain at the heart of everything we do.
We want to campaign with everyone to change policies, laws and attitudes. We want to build a community of disabled people who support each other through life’s big moments and harness the power of digital technology to improve lives.
We’ll also continue to deliver direct services to disabled people and their families. The types of services we deliver will change but everything we do will advance our mission of securing equality for disabled people. We can only deliver this by reaching many more people. That’s why we have an ambition to directly reach more than two million people with our services by 2022.
This will only be possible with your support
Of course, all of this will only be possible with your continuing support. We know there’s a lot still to be done. We won’t stop until Britain is a country where disabled people can reach their potential and live the life they choose.