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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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    I’ve been working with some of the people Scope supports to live independently in the community, whatever their support needs. I wanted to share a few of their stories. When I met 24-year-old Elliot at his home in Hereford, a bungalow he shares with two friends around his age, he was in a bit of a hurry. … Continue reading My mum was like, ‘Wow! It’s a new Elliot!’

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    Today is UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year is the ‘Promise of Technology’ so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about some of our favourite tech innovations and update you on our work around technology. The digital revolution has already had a huge impact on our … Continue reading Making the most of technology

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    John lives in a shared house in Hereford, with support from Scope staff. We first shared his story in December 2014, and we’re republishing it here as part of our 100 Days, 100 Stories campaign. The night before John and I met, he hosted his 50th birthday party in a local social club. More than … Continue reading What makes me frustrated? People not listening to me – #100days100stories

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    Charlotte was diagnosed with peripheral Sensory Motor Axonal Neuropathy at the age of two. She’s now an aspiring actress and model. She talks about the challenges she faces in such a competitive industry. We’re sharing her story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign. At the age of two I was diagnosed with the … Continue reading Performance, fashion, wheels and me… – #100days100stories

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    When Kenneth moved into a care home, he imagined gaining independence and the chance to learn new skills. What he got was a very different situation. Kenneth shares his story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign. I left home when I was 19. Like anyone else, I wanted independence and my own space. … Continue reading The system’s not about people, it’s about money – #100days100stories

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    Ben wants to live in his own home, like other young people. Despite being in work and finding a flat, he can’t move as he’s still struggling to get the council and other agencies to work together. Today Scope launches a report into how joined-up services can make a difference to disabled people. Read Ben’s story … Continue reading I’ve wanted to live independently for a long time – #100days100stories

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    Guest post from Tony, who lived at Scope’s Lingfield Avenue care home in Surbiton until it closed in November 2014. He now lives in supported housing nearby. Tony’s story is part of our 100 days, 100 stories campaign. It’s important to me to be independent. I’ve had a couple of jobs – one in an … Continue reading There’s no sign outside: it’s just my home – #100days100stories

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    Growing up, 24-year-old Holly never thought she would move out of her family home. Now she lives in her own flat and manages her care. Here Holly shares her story as part of our 100 days, 100 stories project. I’m Holly, I live in Portsmouth and I have cerebral palsy and scoliosis. My disability means … Continue reading I am in full control of my care needs – #100days100stories

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    On Wednesday the Chancellor will deliver his Emergency Budget before the House of Commons, presenting him with the opportunity to set the tone and underline the priorities for the Conservative Government in the new Parliament. The Chancellor is expected to detail how the pledges set out in the Conservative manifesto will be brought into legislation … Continue reading What we’re looking for in the 2015 Emergency Budget

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    As commentators continue to try and make sense of Wednesday’s Emergency Budget, what did we learn about the implications of the Chancellor’s statement for disabled people? Meeting the extra costs of disability – DLA/PIP and tax credits Despite setting out details of how he planned to find £12bn of savings in the welfare budget, on … Continue reading The Emergency Budget 2015 – what we learnt

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    Guest post by Rebecca, who has ME and is a wheelchair user. She has lost her entitlement to social care, and now gets no support at all. Here she explains how it has affected her life. Long hours stretch out in front of me. There’s nothing to fill my time. I cannot get out of … Continue reading “I get one bath a week, and I often sleep in my clothes” – Rebecca’s story

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    For World Voice Day we’re reposting this guest blog by Mandy, from Hereford. For the first 30 years of Mandy’s life, staff caring for her thought she had no awareness of the outside world. When someone finally realised how much she understood, they helped her get a communication device and Mandy was finally able make her voice … Continue reading It took me 30 years to make myself heard – World Voice Day

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    VOOM is a competition from Virgin Media Business giving businesses and professions the chance to pitch for a £250,000 ad campaign and £50,000 in cash! Vote for your favourite pitches before voting closes on 23 May. Here’s our round-up of some of the most interesting pitches we’ve seen which are about supporting disabled people. Neatebox system The Neatebox app … Continue reading Virgin Media Business’s VOOM: vote for your favourite disability product pitch

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    This story is part of 30 Under 30.   Nadia is 24 and lives in West Yorkshire. She’s a student and a campaigner with Scope for Change – Scope’s training programme for young disabled campaigners. Nadia employers her own personal assistants and last year, she won an Employer of the Year award. As part of 30 Under 30, she … Continue reading Recruiting personal assistants means I can live my life how I want to – Nadia

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    Becca runs a self-directed group for disabled young people moving into adult services in Ipswich called Progression Sessions. In this blog Becca describes her experience of independent living. I have always strived to be as independent as possible, but it hasn’t always been straightforward. This became obvious when I finished sixth form and began to … Continue reading “I have always strived to be as independent as possible, but it hasn’t always been straightforward”

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    Josie, from Bristol, was a nurse until 2008 where she developed a number of impairments which affect her health and mobility. She has most recently been diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation, a condition which affects immunity and increases the chances of anaphylaxis attacks. In this blog, she talks about her journey of getting different benefits … Continue reading “I have a love-hate relationship with my benefits”

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    We want the next government to deliver Everyday Equality with disabled people. It must put the interests of disabled people at the heart of its agenda, and deliver meaningful change over the next five years to tackle the barriers that prevent disabled people from participating fully in society. A key part of Everyday Equality is … Continue reading How can the next government ensure disabled people have the support to live independently?

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    We’ve produced a new video featuring  five top tips for employing a Personal Assistant. 1) Decide what support you need to live the life you want Make sure you have a think about the number of hours of support that you need. You also need to decide whether you need to recruit more than one … Continue reading How to employ your own Personal Assistant (PA)

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