Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard has attended a parliamentary event to mark the 20 year anniversary of charity Scope changing its name from The Spastics Society.
Mr Maynard was joined by assembled Ministers for Disabled People from this important period, including Rt Hon William Hague MP and Mark Harper MP, the current minister, to celebrate what he said was an important milestone in the organisation’s history.
Scope took the decision to change its name from The Spastics Society in 1994 because the word ‘spastic’ had become a common term of abuse for disabled people.
At the event, the charity exhibited many of the iconic publicity and campaigns materials that it has used to challenge attitudes to disability.
William Hague, the minister at the time of the name change, spoke clearly of his recollections from the time of the name-change launch event in 1994.
He also reflected on the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act during his time as minister, a landmark that Hague still regards as one of his proudest achievements.
Paul Maynard MP said:“I was delighted to attend Scope’s Parliamentary reception to recognise the 20 year anniversary of its name change from The Spastics Society.
“Improving attitudes towards disabled people in Britain remains incredibly important.
“I’m pleased to support the work that Scope does to challenge negative attitudes towards disabled people and to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.”
Latest research by Scope reveals that six in 10 disabled people believe that public attitudes to disability have improved.