All posts by Victoria George

As Scope's Stories Manager, my job is to gather and share stories to help further Scope's aim of making the world a better place for disabled people.

P is for PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) – #EndtheAwkward

Ever been put off your food by couples’ café canoodling, or been caught getting steamy with your lover in public? We’ve all had awkward PDA moments… For disabled people and their partners, getting intimate can lead to particularity  memorable PDAs. 

P is for PDAs is part of Scope’s A to Z of sex and disability.

Marie from Milton Keynes

Marie and Dan kiss outside the church on their wedding day
Marie and Dan share a kiss on their wedding day

“Dan and I had just started dating. It was midnight and we were on the way home from the pub, holding hands. Dan’s into astronomy so we stopped to look at the stars. What could be more romantic on a beautiful evening? A kiss seemed like the natural thing to do. After a moment, I became aware that a police car was driving past very slowly.

The officer was staring out of the window – eyes on sticks – like we were committing some kind of crime. He was concentrating so hard on us that he ended up mounting the pavement and crashing into a street sign. We couldn’t believe it! A few seconds later we heard the wail of the sirens and he sped off, clearly embarrassed. We still laugh about that incident now.” Read more from Marie and Dan.

Martyn from Cambridge

Man in wheelchair hugging woman
Martyn cuddles up with fiance Kasia

“My fiancé Kasia and I were out in a pub. Someone was doing the typical thing of talking to her and not me. After breaking through the stereotype that I couldn’t speak, the person engaged with me. To then say how great it was that my sister had got me out of the house! We just laughed and kissed each other.”

Kate from Truro

“I went on holiday with my other half last year and we got talking to two really sweet old ladies from America. They thought he was my brother, but rather than setting them straight I made sure they saw us kiss. The look on their faces was priceless!”

Kelly and Jarath from Birmingham

Man leaning over woman in a wheelchair, looking at each other and smiling
Kelly and Jarath get intimate at a festival

Kelly: “My husband Jarath and I got married this year. The asylum where we got married had steps at the front and a ramp at the back. My brother is in a wheelchair as well and he’d come round with us to the back and a lot of the residents of the place were saying, ‘Congratulations!’ but they were saying it to me and my brother! Because my brother’s in a wheelchair like me, they thought we’d got married. Like I couldn’t possibly get married to someone who’s not in a wheelchair.”

Jarath: “In the cinema, (which is probably the weirdest place where people would have a problem with people cuddling), we’re in the carer wheelchair space, where it’s kind of a bit awkward to cuddle anyway. So I’m normally a bit leaned over to Kel, and she’s a bit leaned over, and you will get the row behind you going ‘whaaa?’ Just having a good old nose. Whatever they’re talking about they go silent for a good few minutes! They’re thinking ‘what are they doing? Is she alright? Are they meant to be doing that?’ You get that quite a bit, it’s entertaining.

You know people are stopping and staring but you do kind of tune it out. You can spend forever getting wound up. You can look, but it doesn’t bother us.” Read more about Kelly and Jarath.

P is for PDA is part of Scope’s A to Z of sex and disability. Read the rest of the A to Z.

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.

Find out more about Emily. O is for orgasm is part of Scope’s A to Z of sex and disability. Read the rest of the A to Z.

“I think that’s an ice cream van, love!” #EndTheAwkward

Blogger and Youtuber Natalie has an eye condition called Congenital Nystagmus, sometimes described as ‘wobbly eyes’ or ‘dancing eyes’.

As part of our End the Awkward campaign, Natalie explains her ‘moody looks’ aren’t personal, and why she cringes every time she holds her arm out to wave down the bus…

Growing up, I used to think that if I tried to hide my disability things would be easier.

My visual impairment is not necessarily obvious to an onlooker; however situations that occur as a consequence of having poor vision can be quite noticeable.

Often, friends tell me I did not wave back at them and I explain it is because I had not seen them. With people who know me, they generally understand, though it can be embarrassing when people think I am just ignoring them.

The perils of waving down the bus

Four photos of Natalie doing different poses
Natalie writes a blog about life with a visual impairment

I’m registered partially sighted and getting off the bus at my stop and waving one down is quite challenging. Many times I have been waiting at a bus stop and the bus has just driven straight past.

One time I was waiting for the bus, I began to wave it over, but it didn’t slow down. As it passed in front of me, the lady next to me said ‘I think that’s an ice cream van love’.

Still waiting for my bus, a white van slowed down next to me and a guy popped his head out and said “alright darlin’, where can I take you to?” Obviously I politely declined the offer.

Shame the ice cream van didn’t stop as I could have done with an ice lolly waiting for the bloody bus!

But I do slightly cringe when I stick my arm out to flag down a bus because I’m not sure what I’m going to get.

The blind lollypop lady

A friend of mine, who is also visually impaired, said her bus company offered a ‘STOP’ sign for her to hold up while waiting for a bus.

Unsurprisingly she declined the offer and who could blame her? Would you like to hold a guide dog in one hand and in the other, a huge STOP sign?

My friend would have looked like a blind lollypop lady!

I’m not really grumpy

My facial expression can sometimes look like I’m really grumpy, often interpreted as ‘moody looks’.

Misunderstandings happen when I’m trying to focus on what I’m seeing, but I seem like I’m frowning with my eyes darting about due to Nystagmus.

So if you see me, I don’t wave back, I look at you with a frown and walk straight past, it is nothing personal, I’m just a VIP, a Visually Impaired Person!

Raising awareness and ending the awkward

I think the best thing to do in life is just keep trying. There might be awkward moments along the way but if you don’t try, you might not find what you are looking for.

These stories are not the half of what I’m dealing with as someone with a visual impairment. I hope that my sharing them some people might learn more about disability, a great place to start to #EndTheAwkward.

Through her blog, YouTube and social media, Natalie shares her world as a disabled person with a visual impairment and how this has influenced her love for art, healthy living and fashion.

Have you got an awkward tale to tell? Share your story with us.

Being funny helped me fend off the bullies! #EndTheAwkward

Guest Post from YouTuber, vlogger and actor Jack Binstead, who is supporting Scope´s End the Awkward campaign and stars in our Awkward Moments film. Jack has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair.

When I walk, it is very staggered, very messy. Normally I sit in a wheelchair, I can only take a few steps at the time. So I’ve come up with a phrase: I’m a penguin on drugs“.

At school I figured out that if I made jokes about myself first, then the bullies can´t say anything, because I wouldn´t be offended. I found this out when I was younger – turn an awkward situation into a humorous one.

I laugh it off, I switch it round. The strategy still works for me: A lot of my acting in the last few years has been based on comedy.

I will challenge your assumptions

Awkwardness comes from people assuming things. They assume that there are many things I can´t do. It´s always been a big thing for me that I don´t want to look any more disabled than I have to. If there is a slight chance that I can do something, I´ll try.

Especially as a kid there were a lot of situations where I got it wrong: I wanted to impress my mates, I wanted to be no different and the consequence was I fell out of the wheelchair, or I´d bust a finger in a wheel.

Meanwhile, though, I can do amazing things: I can get up and down an escalator. When people see it, their jaws drop, they can´t believe what they are seeing. If I let go, that´s it, I´d be falling down the escalator. There is only a few of us that can do that.

Vloggers are the new celebrities

YouTube is a big thing, vloggers are the new celebrities. I am such a sociable guy, I so enjoy it. Thousands of people subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

Tweets come in every couple of minutes and I have no problem answering all sorts of questions. I have told my followers about my condition: They know that getting out and about is risky for me, because my bones break very easily.

My message to my followers is: You´ve got to get out there, you´ve got to be motivated, you´ve got to be you. There is no point in being anyone else.

Bullying isn’t harmless banter

I am also involved in theatre, I’m doing a big play with school kids which focuses on bullying. They might not know they are bullying, they might think it is harmless banter with their mates – they don´t understand that what they are doing is hurtful.

There is nothing that limits me

Jack smiling and looking at camera
Jack at the shoot of our awkward moments film

For people who are not sure whether to offer help to someone who is disabled, my advice would be: Wait a bit longer, don´t rush into offering help. If I´m struggling, then come and approach me.

Generally, if someone with a disability needs help, they are going to ask. Chances are they want to bump down those stairs by themselves.

I believe that disability shouldn’t limit us. There is nothing about being in a wheelchair which would limit me.

Look out for Jack’s film coming out in Autumn, Bad Education, which is based on the TV series. Follow him on Twitter and You Tube.

That awkward moment when… the station attendant follows you into the loo – #EndTheAwkward

Guest blog by 35-year-old Sam who lives in St Ives, Cambridgeshire with her husband and three children. Sam has symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), meaning the muscles that hold her pelvis together are too relaxed and she needs crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Here she shares some of her awkward stories as part of our End the Awkward campaign.

That awkward moment when…

PeoplMother and daughter standing together in a garden, the mum using crutchese want to fix you…

When I’m using my crutches, virtually every day someone will ask me, “Oh what have you done?” usually in a very sympathetic voice. My reply is always the same “I haven’t done anything. I have an unstable pelvis which is a permanent disability”.

People are just taking an interest and they don’t mean anything by it. But sometimes I feel like being mischievous and saying “I was awful in a previous life and I’m being punished!” Of course I never do!

My daughter gets really tired of people asking me about my crutches. So for Christmas she bought a white t-shirt and customised it to say, “Yes, I use crutches. Get over it!” It was very sweet of her.

The helpful staff follow you into the loo…

I was at King’s Cross station and needed to use the loo. A helpful member of staff opened up the barrier for me to get through to the accessible toilet. He also came round and started pushing me, which was kind but not necessary because I can self propel my chair.

We got to the accessible toilet and he opened the toilet door. He then pushed me into the toilets and we were both in there together, when the door closed behind us we looked at each other like, “Oh right, now what?”

He very quickly got all flustered and said, “Oh right, thank you!” and left. His heart was in the right place, he was trying to be supportive and help me. It’s just slightly uncomfortable being in a toilet with a stranger!

The whole world knows you’re disabled…

I remember one occasion when we went to the cinema and the queue to get in was massive. A member of staff came over to me and asked if we would like to go through straight away so that I could sit down. I thanked her and said “yes please”.

We started to walk past the queue and we could hear people muttering “where are they going? Why are they getting through?” So the member of staff proceeded to shout so that all of the queue could hear, “she’s on crutches!! She’s using crutches!!”

I was pretty sure nobody in that queue had a sight impairment and could probably see I was on crutches. That was a pretty awkward moment as there were about 200 people staring at us!

People would rather talk to my husband…

Sam smiling with her husband, both holding drinks
Sam with her husband Will

My husband, my three children and I were in London for the day and wanted to go to a special restaurant for lunch. I called beforehand to find out if it was accessible and they informed me it was and reserved us a table

We arrived and went to the maître d’ where I explained I had reserved a table. She then looked at my husband and asked him if we could use the stairs.

So I answered, “I can but if it’s at all possible I’d prefer to stay in the chair. The stairs a bit steep.” She looked at my husband again and said “That’s fine. I’m just going to call someone who will take you to the lift.”

The disabled access is past all the bins…

The disabled access was in a completely different place to the non-disabled access and it meant we had to leave the children in the restaurant whilst my husband and I were escorted to the right place.

This was outside the restaurant and a bit further down the street, past where all the rubbish was stored.It absolutely reeked and the staff member escorting us was very apologetic!

When we reached the lift it was one of those old fashioned service ones with metal doors. On our way down you could hear the staff at the bottom shouting, “Someone in a wheelchair is coming! A wheelchair’s coming!”

Obviously the member of staff was mortified but as the whole thing had felt a little like we were in a comedy sketch we couldn’t help but laugh!

Sam with her husband, two sons and daughter

You don’t get searched like everyone else…

I’ve noticed that whenever I use my wheelchair at an organised event, I never, ever get my bag searched. When my cousins and I all went to see the Spice Girls, they each in turn had their bags checked but for some reason I didn’t!

We all had bottles of water and my cousins were told they couldn’t take them through to the arena, however the member of staff bent down to me and said, “Oh, you can take your water through”.

It’s an interesting insight into other people’s awkwardness around disability. The fear of offending a disabled person is worse than a fear of a bomb going off – I find that absolutely fascinating!

Do you have an awkward story to share? Submit your awkward stories, and we’ll publish our favourites on our blog and social media.

Find out more about how Scope is ending the awkward this summer.

On nights out, strangers ask me if I can have sex… #EndTheAwkward

Sam Renke with long blonde hairGuest post from actor Samantha Renke, who is supporting Scope’s End the Awkward campaign and stars in our Awkward Moments film. She has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair.

Not to blow my own trumpet or anything – but I’m a good dresser, some people think I’m attractive, and I do attract good-looking guys.

I love dancing and going out, usually with a big group of friends. All of us tend to be quite loud – you’d definitely notice us in a nightclub.

Because I have a condition that’s commonly known as brittle bones, my bones break easily and I have to use a wheelchair all the time. I am also only four feet tall.

As you might imagine, I have had plenty of awkward moments on my nights out!

‘What’s your favourite sexual position?’

Sometimes people don’t seem to know how to start a conversation with me, so they end up asking very direct questions. Like whether I can have sex, for example.

I wouldn’t go up to someone in the street and say, ‘Excuse me, what’s your favourite sexual position?’

Or I get guys coming up to me and saying: ‘While you’re down there…’ Hilarious. I’m a northern lass and I can take as much as they can give, but I also like to be wooed and treated with common decency. I am a lady after all.

Generally, though, curiosity is a good thing, and disabled people will always come across it. I want to deal with it in a positive way. Ignorance breeds ignorance – how are people going to learn if they don’t ask questions?

Being comfortable with myself

It has taken me a long time to be comfortable in my disability, but I certainly am now.

When I started first going out aged 18 with the girls, I didn’t really get much attention. Boys wouldn’t want to be seen approaching someone in a wheelchair. You could tell some boys had egged each other on to talk to me in quite a jokey way.

Even today, I mainly have relationships with people who have started off as friends, because the barriers have already been broken down. With strangers in bars, it has always been harder.

But even there, it is all about bringing the barriers down. I try and encourage people to be more open-minded.

Don’t be scared!

Black and white profile shot of Sam Renke smiling
Samantha Renke is supporting Scope’s End the Awkward campaign

When I’m attracted to someone, I tend to make nervous jokes – like ‘I’ve never broken a bone during sex’, or ‘I do really want a family one day.’ They’re things non-disabled people would normally say later in a relationship, but I feel I have to do it quite quickly.

But other than that, there’s not much difference between my life and anyone else’s. We all want friendships and love, we want to date, and as disabled people we’re probably more comfortable in our own skin than a lot of others.

You’ll find that most disabled people are fun people to be around. There’s no need to be so scared of approaching us, or to be worrying about getting things wrong. I want people to learn something from meeting me, so if they meet someone else like me, they won’t feel that same kind of awkwardness.

We find a lot of situations quite humorous, and we don’t get offended easily. We’ve probably heard it before!

Do you have an awkward story to share? Submit your awkward stories, and we’ll publish our favourites on our blog and social media. 

Find out how Scope is ending the awkward this summer.

“My husband and I had to sleep separately”

We are currently running a sleep appeal. Has your child ever had problems sleeping? Here’s Sarah’s story.

Florence has autism and sensory processing disorder. For five years Florence wouldn’t sleep alone, meaning Sarah and her husband slept in separate beds so one of them could be with her. 

Florence always had sleep problems but they became worse as she grew older. My husband Nick and I had to sleep separately to guarantee some sleep for at least one of us. We had to stay in separate rooms because Nick was getting up at 6am to go to work and didn’t get back home until 8.30pm.

It was important from a family perspective that he at least got sleep on some nights so he could function at work. I could sleep when Florence was in pre-school, then Nick would take over at the weekends or nights when his next day was not so busy. We lived very strange lives.

We tried Florence sleeping in with her sister Isabella, because we thought she was scared to be on her own, but she still wanted us to stay with her until she went to sleep. She’d get off to sleep at 10.30pm and then be up again at 11.30pm. When she woke, she would be wide awake immediately and say she was bored.

Sarah with her husband and two daughters, sitting in a field
Sarah and her family

The toll of no sleep

It was difficult being in separate rooms because Nick is my true love. But part of Flo’s autism is her desire for routine and giving her that routine, at least, helped in some ways. However, because you’re under par having not slept, you have irrational thoughts all the time.

Because Nick and I were not sharing the same bed, I started to feel insecure about our relationship. If we weren’t the couple that we were it could have split us up. Fortunately our relationship is, and always has been, rock solid and it remains so.

Sarah, her husband and two daughters holding hands in a forest
Things started to change for Sarah and her family once she came across Sleep Solutions.

Discovering Sleep Solutions

I heard about Scope’s Sleep Solutions from a friend. I went to a workshop. It was ground-breaking for me, absolutely ground-breaking. Nick and I hadn’t had a night out in four years because we couldn’t get a babysitter that Flo would accept. We thought there was no end to it.

I came away from the Sleep Solutions workshop excited and empowered, and it wasn’t just me. I came home and shared everything I’d learned with Nick and we put it straight to work. The results were incredible.

Family life now

All of our lives have changed completely since this happened in June 2014. Florence sleeps well regularly and we still can’t believe it. I think I have just about caught up on my sleep after five years.

I don’t have bags under my eyes anymore. I have energy again and I feel like I’ve got fun in my life. I can spend time with my kids without being tired all the time. Family life is much better; Isabella can spend time on her own and Florence is much nicer to Isabella because she isn’t so tired all the time.

On last year’s summer holiday Nick and I spent every night of the two weeks in our own bed, with the girls in their room – that had never happened before!

Sarah is the face of our sleep appeal this summer.

Please donate to our sleep appeal so that more families of disabled children can get the support they need. 

“My hearing aid isn’t an MP3 player!” #EndTheAwkward

Jo Verrent is the Senior Producer of Unlimited, a project which funds and gives mentoring support to disabled artists to produce ambitious work.

As part of our End the Awkward campaign, Jo shares some examples of people’s innocent ignorance when it comes to disability.

Woman smiling and standing next to a sign with Japanese characters
Jo Verrent is Senior Producer at disability arts organisation Unlimited

I was working in a restaurant as a waitress and a customer put in a complaint as I had been ignoring him.

I just hadn’t heard him try and get my attention as he’d been whistling and shouting at me, but all whilst I had been facing the other way. He thought I was being rude deliberately.

It all ended up with him accusing me of making up being deaf as he said I spoke perfectly fine and, on being shown my hearing aid (which is a bone anchored one) – saying that it was an MP3 player!

He just couldn’t accept he was wrong and so preferred to make up ludicrous reasons why I wasn’t deaf instead!

Err thanks… But I don’t use a wheelchair

One time I went to a big theatre to assess a piece of work by a company of disabled artists and the theatre had been told that I was coming and that I, too, was disabled. So they took out my seat so that a wheelchair could fit.

Only I don’t use a wheelchair, I have a hearing impairment, and also one that impacts on concentration and fatigue – which means I really need to sit down. Only I couldn’t, because I had no seat anymore!

Close-up of woman and small child smiling
Jo with her granddaughter

Reversing the awkward…

I also have been woken up a couple of times now on the train with people nudging me and saying ‘I hope you don’t mind me waking you, but I’m curious to know what’s in your head?’ etc.

To my shame I did once tell someone it was a mechanism I had installed after a failed lobotomy to control my aggression… they left me alone after that! That probably did make them feel a bit awkward!

Read more awkward storiesDo you have an awkward story to share? Submit your awkward stories, and we’ll publish our favourites on our blog and social media. 

Find out more about how Scope is ending the awkward this summer.

“She handed my change directly to my husband!” #EndTheAwkward at the shops

Squeezing through crowded supermarket isles, making small talk with the cashier – just popping to the shops for a pint of milk can be full of awkward encounters!

As we launched Scope’s Great Donate this week, we’re sharing some disabled people’s awkward shopping stories as part of our End the Awkward campaign to change attitudes towards disability. 

She handed my change directly to my husband! – Lindsey Marie, Preston

Woman smiling looking away from camera
Lindsey Marie

I have a mobility impairment, a husband with an invisible condition and two step children on the autistic spectrum. So I have a few tales to tell!

I’m with my family shopping, I have a basket on my knee, the children are fingering items and my husband is showing signs of boredom. I head for the checkout with my family trailing behind me.

I address the checkout girl with a hello and smile whilst reaching up to lift my basket onto the desk. A polite chit chat ensues whilst she rings up and bags the items, my family join in with chirps and banter.

I hand the girl the money she requests, having extracted it from my purse in note form. She tills it up, gets the change, reaches behind me, and hands my change directly to my husband!

He clears his throat, hands it back to me and says “I think this is yours babe” I take my cash, put it back in my purse, smile at the girl and say to my husband “It’s more expensive here than I thought love”, and we leave.

She asked the dreaded question – Ollie, London

Young man smiling at camera
Ollie has had a few awkward moments in Tesco’s

Where I spent most of my childhood we had a little Tesco on the way to school and I would pop in there most days.

Around this time I wasn’t quite comfortable telling people about my disability, so whenever anyone asked if I had done something to my arm I usually just said yes, or I’ve broken it, to avoid an awkward conversation.

One of the staff members in Tesco was one of the nicest ladies you’d ever meet and one day she asked the dreaded question. I replied with “yup I’ve broken it”, which to this day I regret as I must have seen her hundreds of times since, and I’ve never explained that I only have one arm.

Every time I see her now I wonder if she still thinks that I have a broken arm from nearly seven years ago. I wonder which conversation would have been more awkward – the one I could have had all those years ago or the one I’m most likely going to have where I explain that I’ve always been disabled and have never broken my arm!

More than just awkward – my wheelchair was pulled away from the toilet entrance! Alan, Pembrokeshire

I have MS and use a wheelchair. I was with my wife shopping in a local supermarket when I needed to use to the toilet facilities. I was in my manual chair making my way to the entrance when my chair was stopped from the rear, pulled and pushed away from the toilet entrance.

I was able to stop the chair from going any further and turned it around to see a man enter the “toilets for disabled”. I waited for the man to come out so I could speak to him about what he had done. I asked him why he had pushed me away and asked if he was disabled, to which he replied in a loud voice “No”.

He then leant forward, came face to face with me and again in an aggressive tone of voice said “I just had to bloody go OK” and ran out of the store.

Read more awkward stories

If you’ve had a similar experience we would love to know about it! Submit your awkward stories, and we’ll publish our favourites on our blog and social media. 

This year we’re asking everyone to be a Great Donate Hero just like Adam Hills in our Milk tray advert spoof.

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’

Young disabled woman modelling a white dress, sitting in a wheelchair in a garden
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.

Woman with glasses smiling
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”.

girl smiling and holding a cat
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

Woman sitting in a wheelchair, with a grey carigan and short dark hair, smiling at the camera
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