UK charity continues campaign to increase understanding and #EndTheAwkward

We are pleased to share that Scope, a UK charity we have previously discussed, has been continuing their impressive work. Through short videos, Scope campaigns to #EndTheAwkward and raise awareness and education about people with disabilities. Due to a lack of exposure and information, able-bodied people are sometimes unsure how to act around people with disabilities in public situations such as the workplace or restaurants. This lack of awareness often puts people with disabilities in uncomfortable situations. In an ITV article about Scope’s work, they stated that, “According to the 1,000 disabled people polled, the most common awkward gaffes are: Being asked ‘what’s wrong with you?’ by a person who isn’t disabled; Being accused of not really being disabled – experienced by 36% of people; Being patronized, with many saying that people try to help them in ways they do not want or need; and Being told ‘you’re brave.’” Many of Scope’s videos address both how to respond in such situations, and how to avoid them happening at all. Currently, Scope is featuring short videos based on real-life experiences. In the video below, fashion blogger Emily Davison recalls the awkward moment when someone gave directions to her guide dog instead of to her.

If you would like to learn more about their organization, you can check out their website, or view more of their videos on their YouTube channel.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.