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People Think It's Extraordinary That I Work - But Disability Doesn't Have To Be A Barrier

Lauren Pitt | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Pitt

When I graduated from university in 2015, I was under the illusion that with a good degree and a strong CV due to all the volunteering that I'd done, I would find a job pretty quickly. This couldn't have been further from the truth.

Why We Need Action Now To Tackle The Disability Employment Gap

Mark Atkinson | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Mark Atkinson

As MPs go back to work this week, we want them to think about disabled people who are unable to take up and progress in employment because of a consistent failure to remove barriers. Scope's analysis of the latest ONS data reveals that for every 100 disabled people moving into work, 114 are leaving. If the UK wants to be a modern, inclusive society, it needs to act urgently - not just pay lip service to an ideal world in which opportunities are equal.

Post-Paralympic Progress Stalls Five Years On

Sophie Christiansen | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Sport
Sophie Christiansen

The public might look at me as an eight-time Paralympic gold medallist with her life sorted. Everything must be perfect for someone who has had success and been in the public eye - but this couldn't be further from the truth. On the one hand I have a CBE and have represented my country, and on the other hand I have just had funding for my care cut by social services.

Sport Is For One And All

Liz Johnson | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Sport
Liz Johnson

I think sport is important and vital for everybody. There are so many benefits - physical, mental, health, social - so many positives to be offered from getting involved. People should be entitled to access it at the level that they want. It needs to be talked about constantly.

My PIP Diary Part Four - The Stacked Deck

Mik Scarlet | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

They are who PIP was designed to help. Yet we are thrust into a situation where we are having to fight to prove our impairments, battle to describe what that they mean to our lives and give out deeply personal and private information to anyone who asks.

The Hidden Pressure Of Working With A Disability

Sophie Morgan | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Morgan

everybody banner Last month for example, I was struck down by a pressure sore. These are common secondary complications of being paralysed, and can occur at any time. I blanched with fear when I discovered it. 'I don't have time', I panicked. 'I literally do not have time to be... disabled'.

The Burning Injustice For Disabled People Living In Poverty

James Taylor | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
James Taylor

everybody banner Too many disabled people are living hand to mouth and in some cases, not able to feed themselves or their families at all. Half of households referred to foodbanks include a disabled person, which stresses the scale of this finical crisis.

More Disabled MPs Is Good News But All Politicians Have A Duty To Represent The Voices Of Disabled People

Sophie Morgan | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Morgan

There are 13 million disabled people in the UK, and that means we should be aiming for 20% of the MPs sitting in the Commons identifying as disabled. However, it is a start and a small step in the right direction - our Parliament will be stronger for the diversity of voices elected today.

Disabled People Deserve More From Our National Game

Mark Atkinson | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Sport
Mark Atkinson

There has been an improved picture in the UK in 2017 for racism and homophobia. Sadly the same cannot be said for disability. Now's the time to change this. All the football for all the fans, no matter who you are.

Oh Frig, I'm 50!

Richard Herring | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Richard Herring

It was over 14 years ago when I first got involved with Scope. I was in my thirties and I ran the London Marathon for them. It took me four hours, 17 ...

PIP Is Vital But The Insecurity Is 'Overwhelming'

Mark Atkinson | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Atkinson

We are calling on the government to rethink its decision. Before making any further changes to PIP the government must urgently address the very real concerns that disabled people have and reform the PIP assessment so that it accurately captures the extra costs disabled people face.

Just Because I Look Different Doesn't Mean I Don't Enjoy Fashion

Mary Russell | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Style
Mary Russell

banner Growing up, I never saw anyone like me on the catwalk, so I constantly had to rely on average sized models - women with tiny waists and endlessly long legs walking up and down the glamourous runways.

I Gave You This Job To Try And Help You

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie May Forrester

"I gave you this job to try and help you", said one of my previous employers. These words hit me hard and I felt extremely patronised and saddened. The fact that, as a disabled person, I should have only been given a job out of pity, not based on my ability, goes to the heart of the problem.

My Dating Dilemma - Do I Disclose My Disability?

Samantha Renke | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

The answer to all of the above is yes, yes and yes my disability does not stop me from wanting to find love, have a sex life or be seen as desirable. So why do people feel they need to ask these questions to people with disabilities?

Picture Books That Deal With Disability

Emily Davison | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Davison

So, in a project I went in search of picture books that represented disability. The project was driven by my personal belief that picture books could be an effective and successful way of opening up a conversation about disability, which can subsequently enable a child to understand and accept disability in real life.

It's Immensely Important For Disabled People To See Positive Portrayals Of Themselves In Literature

Asim Mughal | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Asim Mughal

The only thing I can remember with a disabled character whilst growing up in the 80s was the TV show Ironside, but that was it to be honest. I sadly can't say that much has improved since my childhood to Haider's childhood today. The representation of disability is still not there and, when it is, people are often misrepresented.

I Don't Want To Read Books That Treat Disability As A Tragedy

Anne Suslak | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Suslak

I don't want to read books that treat disability as a tragedy, putting the stories in the same category as books about child abuse or people dying from cancer. Books where the disabled character dies aren't terrible, but they can't be the only type out there.

The World Needs More Disabled Superheroes

Dan White | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dan White

Dan and Emily White are the co-creators of The Department of Ability, a comic book that tells the story of a gang of five physically disabled superheroes who use their disabilities to save the world. The comic was born when they noticed that not only was there a huge shortage of relevant heroes for Emily to look up to, but also a significant lack of positive representation of disabled people in the media and in literature.

Books Hold A Special Place In My Heart - I Just Wish They'd Have A Place For Me

Heather Lacey | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Lacey

At University I vividly recall sitting in the library reading Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden (1911). Not long after I started, I stumbled upon the following lines: 'He's a hunchback, and he's horrid...[if] it'd be another hunchback like him...it'd better die.'

Hey JK, Why Wasn't Harry Potter Disabled?

Phil Marsh | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Marsh

Surely publishers are missing a trick and it just makes good business sense for writers and authors to broaden their horizons and include disabled people in their stories - after all the purple pound is worth £248 billion a year.

'Priority Wheelchair Area' - The Clue Is In The Name

Layla Harding | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Layla Harding

The spaces on buses wouldn't be there if disabled campaigners hadn't fought for them to be there in the 1980s and 1990s. But today many wheelchair users still face difficulties accessing the spaces, often causing a great deal of distress.

I'd Never Be A Paralympian But I Can Make People Laugh

Lee Ridley | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Lee Ridley

By having more disabled people on our TV screens, only then will I no longer get people asking stupid questions such as 'Can you have sex?' 'Have you ever tried to talk just to see what would happen?' and 'Are you as clever as that Stephen Hawking bloke?'

I Never Imagined That One Day I Would Wake Up Sick, And Never Get Better

Natasha Coates | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Coates

May 27, 2013. A date I will never forget. The day I suffered a life threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. My throat swelled, my oxygen levels were dangerously low and if it wasn't for the proactive medics around me, I would have died.

'Imagine Having A Cripple In Charge Of A Country'

Layla Harding | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Harding

It's Disability History Month and the theme this year is disability and language. It's amazing what impact someone's language can have on others, and it has me thinking about how impactful people's words and actions can be.

'That Midget Freak On The Advert Is Putting Me Off Ever Eating Chocolate!'

Samantha Renke | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Renke

I was shocked and upset by the comments, however, I am not by any means naïve to the world of trolling or online bullying. I know that no-one is exempt these days. If you are LGBTQ, BAME, a feminist, a politician or even a Kardashian, you are left vulnerable to online attacks.