Speaking For Ourselves

Disabled volunteers interviewing people with cerebral palsy
Disabled volunteers interviewing people with cerebral palsy

Heritage Grants

London, London
Scope
£185000
230 hours of sound and video oral history records were created by the project.
"Having cerebral palsy myself, I feel tremendously motivated and inspired by such a socially and historically important project."
Volunteer coordinator
Disabled volunteers captured the life histories of people with cerebral palsy to show how society's perception of disability changed during the 20th century.

Scope is a charity that works to make this country a better place for disabled people and their families. It does this by providing services to disabled people, raising awareness of the issues they face, and influencing change across society. It provides support, advice and information for more than 250,000 disabled people and their families every year.

Many communities in the UK have recorded their own histories for the public record, but a notable absence was people with cerebral palsy. Scope aimed to rectify this by creating opportunities for disabled people to tell their own stories.

Disabled volunteers were trained in oral history techniques and interviewed older people with cerebral palsy. The project created audio and video recordings, which have been accepted into the National Sound Archive. A teaching pack for secondary schools and a website were also produced. To watch and listen to recordings visit the Scope website.

The project resulted in a lasting record of the experiences of people with cerebral palsy. This provides insights into how attitudes towards disability have changed over the past 50 years, and how people with disabilities still face barriers to equality today. 

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