End the awkward

Scope is a UK based charity that campaigns for the full inclusion and equal participation of disabled people in society. It was established in 1951 and was originally called the National Spastics Society and focussed primarily on cerebral palsy sufferers.

In the 1980's the term spastic became widely used as a term of abuse so the National Spastics Society changed it's name to Scope. They also broadened their support to all disabled people and their families.

This is what they do in their own words:

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

We provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year. We raise awareness of the issues that matter.

I'm blogging about them today because they have launched a campaign called End the Awkward. The aim of the campaign is to break down barriers and allow people to communicate with disabled people without embarrassment.

They published a video this morning I thought was interesting.

As someone who has seen the awkwardness around disabled people in relation to Wegener's Granulomatosis (GPA), and worked with disabled people, I fully support this campaign and hope it achieves it's aims.

What do you think?