Aug 292013

Scope charity says they care about disabled peoples’ rights to access universal services close to their homes as part of their high profile ‘Britain Cares’/ ‘I Care’ campaign.

At the same time Scope is fundraising and asking the state to continue funding their institutionalised and segregated residential and educational services for disabled people.   

Throughout history special residential educational and care institutions have claimed to provide the education and care that disabled people need.  

We are here to dispel the myth of segregated ‘care’ and education services that are provided without our consent.  

do not:

·        Support disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.

·        promote disabled peoples inclusion in their local communities  

·        Support disabled people’s aspirations in education, training and employment.  

·        Support positive relationships between disabled and non-disabled people.  

·        Challenge the unacceptability of disability-related bullying and hate crime.

Scope is one of range of big business disability charities that are funded by the state to provide segregated education and care services at the expense of providing funding for independent living and inclusive education- things that are wanted by disabled people, their organisations and allies to provide proper independent living.

SCOPE supports the full implementation of the UN Convention of Persons with Disabilities that includes disabled peoples’ rights to inclusive education (Article 24) and Independent Living (Article 19).    

If SCOPE truly believes in disabled peoples’ human rights to be included in their local communities then they must stop the patronising caring campaign and be prepared to make fundamental changes to their paternalistic services.   


We dare SCOPE to close their special schools and colleges.

We dare SCOPE to develop alternative services that will support disabled peoples access to mainstream education.

We dare SCOPE to support ALLFIE’s Inclusive Education manifesto demands. 

We dare SCOPE to close residential institutions and develop real independent living alternatives for disabled people

We dare SCOPE to stop all segregated services such as day care to enact the full inclusion of disabled people

We dare SCOPE to stop claiming that they work ‘with’ disabled people while they continue to gain service contracts from local authorities when there are active user-led disabled organisations in that area.

It’s not only Scope but all the other disability big charities who claim to support disabled peoples human rights that must be challenged and be prepared to dare to do what disabled people want: a right to be supported, to be educated, and to live in their local communities, free from the possibility of state sanctioned institutionalisation.    

Please join DPAC’s Reclaiming Our Futures campaign….. We Launch the ‘I Dare’ Campaign against Segregation and the Removal of our Rights online campaign on the 3rd Sept

disabled extremist i dare

With thanks to Ania for pic

‘I Dare’ Day 3rd Sept

This is not just about SCOPE but all those other big disability charities Leonard  Cheshire, MENCAP, MIND you name them- they all do it-they all claim to speak in our name. Add to this, this Government and we ‘dare’ to campaign against it all.

Sept 3rd is DPAC ‘s ‘I Dare’ day, a day of online action on twitter and Facebook , with a few surprises too.

We want to see people tweeting and spreading the word across social media against all those that try to take our rights away – that segregate us, that say they speak for us-we want to show them that we dare to fight back.

Flood twitter and Facebook with ‘I dare’ messages –here’s some we made earlier…..

I dare campaign


#I dare: speak up and campaign for independent living and to save ILF

#I dare: speak out about the lost of support for disabled people

#I dare: speak out on the increasing suicides and premature deaths from Atos assessments

#I dare: speak out on the increasing number of disabled people left without food because of cuts

#I dare: to tell the truth about what is happening in this country to disabled people under this Government

#I dare: to say that its not ‘care’ disabled people want, but the right to make our own choices

#I dare: to say I want rights not charity

#Britain dares #I dare #We dare

Inclusive Education NOT segregated Education for Disabled children and young people

#I dare to experience mainstream education!

# I dare the Govt to implement the education related recommendations in the EHRC Hate Crime reports – what are they afraid of!

#I dare the government to give disabled people choice of mainstream provision – what have they got to lose other than a few quid invested in segregated ed!

And why not send an ‘I dare’ Picture to SCOPE to let them know what you think show them #Britain Dares, better send us a copy too at:







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  3 Responses to “DPAC ‘I Dare’ day 3rd September #rights not charity”

  1. DearNigel,
    Tomorrow, MPs start debating the gagging law. [1] The government wants to rush it through parliament. [2] Our best hope of stopping them is to make sure MPs realise just what a dodgy law they are being asked to vote for. Please can you email your MP now and help build the pressure?
    If passed, the gagging law would have a chilling effect on our democracy. From May 2014, draconian new rules would prevent non-politicians from speaking up on the big issues of the day. A huge range of campaign groups and charities – everyone from The Royal British Legion, to Oxfam, to the RSPB – are warning about the threat this poses. [3]
    MPs need to know we won’t stand for this – so please take a minute to email yours before Tuesday’s debate:
    It’s telling that so many groups who wouldn’t normally agree with each other have united to oppose the gagging law. Groups that speak out in favour of hunting, windfarms, HS2 or building more houses are joining together with groups who say exactly the opposite. [4]
    That’s because there’s one thing we should all be able to agree on: in a healthy democracy, everyone should able to express their views. And everyone should be allowed to get organised to highlight what politicians are saying and doing on the issues that matter to them.
    Politics is too important to leave to political parties. When we speak up about decisions that affect us and the future of our country, we can often change things for the better. Are politicians really so arrogant as to think the UK would be better off if all these groups were blocked from campaigning? Let’s come together quickly and tell MPs that this gagging law must not be passed. The first vote is on Tuesday, so please email your MP now: Thanks for being involved David, Susannah, Fiona and the 38 Degrees team
    PS: Over 55,000 38 Degrees members have emailed their MPs so far. Every message from a voter adds to the pressure. So please click here to send yours:

  2. I volunteered in a (local education authority run)special school for many years, it is on the site of a mainstream high school, for those that can cope with being in a room with lots of other people there is a wide range of activities from GCSEs to other awards and qualifications to joint activities. It helps get the students ready for inclusive FE sites.

    Many of the primary are dual educated but it has to be accepted that for some a fully mainstream environment or even a dual placement (where youngsters attend a special ed site for from one to four day a week for specialist PE/ physio that is not available in mainstream schools) does not cater for their needs- usually a complex mix of severe learning, physical & behavioural needs. Of course anyone who wants to be in mainstream (and once they are old enough to know what they want not a decision just taken by their parents) should be given the support and sites made fully accessible but please do not assume modern special education to be like that of 10 plus years ago when there was no choice due to mainstream sites not being suitable and no one could gain anything other than the most basic qualifications. Also I noticed that having the friendship and support of other disabled people makes the disabled young person who has benefitted from a specialist environment less isolated, had more friends both AB and disabled and far more likely to be involved in disability sport than most disabled younsters educated exclusively in mainstream environment.

    Another job I did (permitted work) was going into mainstream schools to work with those on the SEN list (which means any disability, not just learning or behavioural) and physically disabled kids had been excluded from PE from an early age and therefore had no interest or intention of joining in. It was sad to see as the teachers who often say those kids had few friends and were isolated and these made lonely isolated adults. Special education and connected outreach services have their place if they are done correctly.

    I also worked (permitted again) in mainstream education where I learned that the impact of having a a child with even moderate learning or behavioural needs can have an impact on the way a lesson can progress. It is easier to include a yong person with a physical disability and mild or no learning needs than a person who although unintentionally disrupts the cluss still disrupts the class. Some kids get annoyed as the want to get work done , some kids see “different” and use the disruption to either mess around themselves or pick on the kid when there are no adults around. It doesn’t matter how good the teachers, the support for that individual, sometimes everyone needs to decide what is best for not only that individual (who may be learning disabled enough to not know what is best) but for the other kids, please remember disability doesn’t just come in wheelchairs when thinking about special education. I am sure most are aware of this but if you are not directly involved in this system you may not be.

    By the way, I am not some do gooder AB, I am physically disabled, use a wheelchair and for many years used walking aids. I am hyperactive and proud of these aspects of my character that make me who I am and made me effective at my work. I would also like to point out that the school I volunteered at has been much loved by its students and parents for many years, some of my friends went there 10-20 years ago and although some where disappointed that they didn’t get to do higher qualifications (the site was too far from a mainstream scool to be able to get people shipped to and back for toileting) , many did them later at college. They say to me that they wouldn’t have swapped the opportunities they had and the friends they made OR the preparation for the outside world for being an outside in a mainstream environment that at the time was not ready for them. They think that the idea of having a site that has both a mainstream high school and a special school brilliantly caters for those who need a high level of personal care but who can also access mainstream education.

  3. This a is link to arecently published article about abuse of Diabled children by Train operators Cross Country;
    I posted this comment and thought DPAC would wish to support this and call for action..
    This disgusting treatment is the company’s responsibilty and the OFFENCE, which the official committed was a CRIME and the offender must be NAMED AND SHAMED and the company should be punished with the full force of the LAW. What year are we living in.
    kev campbell

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