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Rosemary Frazer, Campaigns Manager at Scope, explains that support from people like you is changing young people’s attitudes towards disabled people.
“Disabled people can’t walk.”
“They can’t have children.”
“They get everything for free.”
This isn’t what I think, of course! And I know it isn’t what you think, either. But it’s what I’ve heard young people say in schools across the country.
Learning to understand
Perhaps it’s not surprising that young people think like this, when nearly half of people in the UK don’t know anyone who is disabled. There’s also a shortage of disabled role models in schools and a lack of knowledge about disability.
But you can change this
Support like yours has helped me and my colleagues set up a programme that sends disabled role models to schools and colleges. It’s a chance for young people to meet a disabled person and learn about their lives.
Time to question the stereotypes
From the questions young people ask us, it’s clear that lots of them don’t understand the challenges and barriers disabled people face. And they often say they feel awkward around disabled people.
But by the end of the workshop, the change is remarkable. I always have young people come up to me and say thank you. So I’m passing on their thanks to you. Because it’s donations like yours that make these workshops possible.
It’s great to see that young people are thinking differently thanks to you:
“Now I understand that people aren’t disabled until they’re challenged with something they can’t do.” – student at a school visited Scope’s Role Models programme.
Many young people still don’t know enough about disabled people’s lives. We need to expand the role models programme, and reach more schools.
Please donate today to help create a future where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Because once young people start thinking differently, they’re going to think that way forever. Thank you.