A Scope role model talking to a group of students

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The future starts here, with you

Mark Atkinson, Scope’s Chief Executive explains about Scope’s exciting plans for the future.

“I have really been looking forward to this moment. In recent months, we have worked with disabled people to develop a five-year plan for change. And now we’re sharing it with you, our supporters, who make all our work possible.

Our new plan explains the challenges that disabled people are facing today. Our research shows that huge barriers still stand in the way. The plan also sets out the society that we want to see in 2022 – a place where disabled people have Everyday Equality.

It’s about ensuring that we all have the same opportunities in life. Not feeling inferior, not being treated unfairly, not being overlooked because of who we are. It’s about fairness, justice and rights – at home, at school, at work and in our communities.

At its heart are disabled people and their families whose voices set out the direction. And now Scope wants to join forces with disabled people and with you, our supporters, to make everyday equality a reality by 2022.”

Top marks for your support

You deserve a gold star for helping change young people’s attitudes towards disability. Since Scope Role Models started, you have helped us reach an incredible 5,443 students at 27 schools.

The Role Models programme is a chance for students to meet disabled people and find out about their lives. Just one workshop can change a young person’s attitude forever.

As one student said,

“It taught me that everyone is equal, and disabled people are as capable as anyone else.”

Thanks to you, so many young people are learning this valuable lesson.

Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we'll be here.

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