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Scope’s online community

Share experiences, get disability advice and discuss the disability issues that matter to you.

Our online disability forum is a vibrant and supportive space for disabled people, parents and carers to get disability advice and information, and talk to people with similar experiences.
  • Welcomes and introductions

    Introduce yourself to the community, or welcome those who have just joined.

    For whatever reason you’ve joined, welcome to Scope’s online community. Here you can tell the rest of the community a little about yourself, or if you’ve been here a while, do take a moment to welcome our newest members.
    RSS Feed 3.9K discussions 7.8K replies Most recent: Hi, my name is becysu! by Ami2301 on 2:25PM
  • Community news
    RSS Feed 57 discussions 342 replies Most recent: BBC news today about flawed assessments by jamie1965 on February 14
  • Community chat
  • Disabled people

    Chat with other disabled people.

    Here you can chat with other disabled people about all things related to disability, from accessibility and attitudes, to issues that you are currently facing or changes and improvements you’d like to see.
    RSS Feed 1.1K discussions 4.9K replies Most recent: Sodium Valporate. by lillybelle on 2:34PM
  • Parents and carers

    The place to chat and seek help for carers of disabled people and parents of disabled children.

    If you need advice about caring for disabled children or adults, our online community can provide help and reassurance. Join one of our discussions on everything from childhood disability and development to home care, or start a new one to discuss your needs and concerns as a carer.
    RSS Feed 864 discussions 3.7K replies Most recent: Hi, I am a concerned gran by Sam_Scope on February 22
  • Disabled parents
    Share your experiences of parenting as a disabled person and get advice from other disabled parents. Join an ongoing discussion below, or start a new one by clicking the 'New discussion' button.
    RSS Feed 33 discussions 151 replies Most recent: Feel bad - being a disabled parent by mossycow on February 16
  • Coffee lounge

    Pour yourself a brew and chat about anything.

    Want to chat about something outside of our disability forum categories? Enter our virtual coffee lounge, and chat to other community members about anything and everything.
    RSS Feed 229 discussions 1.5K replies Most recent: poetry thread by buzzover on 10:42AM
  • Disability news
    RSS Feed 63 discussions 357 replies Most recent: PIP assessments by CockneyRebel on February 22
  • Events, research and opportunities
    This is the place to post all events, surveys and opportunities relating to disability and related issues.
    RSS Feed 527 discussions 902 replies Most recent: Beat It Social Night Event by TomHarris on 10:55AM
  • Guest blogs

    Regularly updated blog posts on a wide variety of issues.

    There are always key issues relating to disability worth talking about, and here you can read disability articles from disabled bloggers, professionals and people with a story to tell. If you’re interested in writing a guest post, contact Scope’s community team at community@scope.org.uk.
    RSS Feed 151 discussions 1.8K replies Most recent: Loneliness and Self-Care by JenniferU on 1:51PM
  • Reasons to be cheerful
    Life can be difficult sometimes, and we see many of these stories here in the community. But there are also stories of hope, little moments that bring a smile to your face and lift your spirits. This is the place for those stories, and we hope that you will share with the community your successes, your positive slants and any other reasons that you have found to be cheerful.
    RSS Feed 58 discussions 193 replies Most recent: Feeling good by Sam_Scope on February 20
  • Employment, finances and disability benefits
  • Talk about ESA

    Get advice and tips on ESA benefits.

    Do you have questions about Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)? Ask our community by starting a new discussion, or join an existing one below.
    RSS Feed 781 discussions 3.3K replies Most recent: If it’s not pip it’s now esa! by lillybelle on 2:00PM
  • Motability, Blue Badges and disabled motoring

    Get advice and tips on motability and blue badges

    Do you have questions about motability? Are you looking for advice about blue badges and cars as a disabled person? Ask our community by starting a new discussion, or join an existing one below.
    RSS Feed 73 discussions 447 replies Most recent: boot dimensions wanted for motability car by exdvr on 2:22PM
  • Talk about employment issues
    Work With Me is our new campaign to tackle the barriers disabled people all too often face when trying to get into and stay in work. Find more information at www.scope.org.uk/WorkWithMe. Use this category to talk about anything from pre-employment and finding work, to employment issues once you are in work.
    RSS Feed 15 discussions 80 replies Most recent: work from home by Sam_Scope on 1:59PM
  • Universal Credit
    Universal Credit is replacing the current system of earnings replacement means-tested benefits and tax credits. You can ask questions and discuss Universal Credit here - such as the eligibility, how to claim and the interview process.
    RSS Feed 42 discussions 179 replies Most recent: Lost ESA after moving to UC by PippaScope on February 21
  • Talk about finances
    There are many hidden costs of disability. Share your top tips for cutting costs, or have a chat about managing your finances, and our community members will offer their advice.
    RSS Feed 30 discussions 97 replies Most recent: SMI paid as a benefit by Geoark on 2:09PM
  • What benefits am I entitled to?

    If you’re not sure what benefits you or someone you care for is entitled to, start here.

    PIP, DLA, ESA, carer’s allowance... disability benefits can seem very confusing when you first approach them. If you’re not sure what you’re entitled to, Scope’s benefits calculator is a good place to start. If you’re still not sure, start a discussion to get advice from people who’ve been there.
    RSS Feed 220 discussions 688 replies Most recent: My esa stops in March but still not fit what can I claim? by Markinsutton on 12:47PM
  • Talk about PIP/ DLA

    Advice on all issues relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

    Applying for PIP for the first time, or in the process of transferring from DLA? Need advice prior to attending your PIP assessment, or for appealing against the result of a recent PIP claim? Many of our community members have gone through the process already and can help you navigate your way through the system.
    RSS Feed 1.4K discussions 8.4K replies Most recent: What age does pip stop? by CockneyRebel on 2:37PM
  • Practical support and information
  • Dating and relationships
    Talk to other disabled people about everything and anything related to dating and relationships. Join in an ongoing conversation or start your own by clicking the 'new discussion' button.
    RSS Feed 52 discussions 286 replies Most recent: Dating for carers by Sam_Scope on 12:04PM
  • Dealing with chronic pain
    Share experiences and tips relating to chronic pain with people in a similar situation.
    RSS Feed 81 discussions 498 replies Most recent: pain management by CockneyRebel on February 22
  • Disability aids and equipment

    Get advice and discuss issues on everything from wheelchairs and mobility scooters to AFOs, hearing aids and screen readers.

    Today there are a great variety of assistive technologies available to help disabled people go about their everyday lives. If you’ve got a question or concern about mobility aids, disability equipment, accessibility software or anything else, the community may be able to help.
    RSS Feed 331 discussions 1.1K replies Most recent: Average width of powered wheelchair ? by Sam_Scope on 11:35AM
  • Education and learning

    Ask the community about schools, further education and learning for disabled children.

    Take a look at some of our community discussions on learning, schools, special educational needs (SEN), educational health and care plans (EHC) and more. If you’ve got any questions or views on related issues like SENCO co-ordinators or educational psychologists, go ahead and post a new discussion.
    RSS Feed 141 discussions 458 replies Most recent: Access to Education for Retired People by Jazzguitar on February 19
  • Housing and independent living

    Your questions about disability housing and accessible housing issues.

    The place to discuss disability housing, housing benefits for disabled people and independent living issues. Share your experiences, discuss accessible housing needs or ask the community for advice.
    RSS Feed 201 discussions 910 replies Most recent: Housing matters by Geoark on 10:13AM
  • Mental health issues
    If you have an ongoing mental health disorder or are currently experiencing mental health issues, here you can chat and seek advice from the community.

    Any advice given here should not be seen as professional advice or as a substitute for professional evaluation and care. Mental health charity Mind have a wide range of resources and can advise you on seeking help.

    If you are feeling suicidal, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.
    RSS Feed 90 discussions 649 replies Most recent: I have another pip assessment by Sam_Scope on 11:52AM
  • Leisure and disability sports
    Join our discussions on leisure activities and disability sports, or create a new discussion and tell us what activities you enjoy.
    RSS Feed 79 discussions 258 replies Most recent: PS4 Gaming by Calllum1997 on February 22
  • Talk about specific conditions
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

    Explore our autism forum, covering all forms of autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s.

    Start a new discussion relating to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), or take a look at the posts below on autism diagnosis, support and related issues.
    RSS Feed 217 discussions 1.3K replies Most recent: Autism by Sam_Scope on 2:19PM
  • Cerebral palsy

    Whatever stage of life you or your child are in, Scope’s community can provide support and advice on cerebral palsy.

    Providing information and support to people with cerebral palsy (CP) is an important part of Scope’s heritage. Today you can find a wealth of information about cerebral palsy on our website, and share and discuss your experiences and issues here on our online community.
    RSS Feed 439 discussions 2.3K replies Most recent: Old CP and Ageing factsheet by panther on 2:25PM
  • Invisible impairments
    Not all impairments can be seen, but they are often experienced with no less severity than those that are more readily visible. This is a space to talk to others about your experiences and challenges of having an invisible or hidden impairment.
    RSS Feed 42 discussions 201 replies Most recent: Fibromyalgia by Sam_Scope on February 22
  • Learning difficulties

    Get advice and support on issues relating to learning difficulties.

    Whether you, your child or another family member has a learning difficulty, Scope’s community is here to offer advice on specific learning difficulties and all issues relating to adults and children with learning difficulties.
    RSS Feed 33 discussions 131 replies Most recent: looking for advice on learning disabilities for my daughter by Sam_Scope on February 13
  • Neurological conditions

    Advice and support for neurological conditions

    Ask our community about issues relating to neurological conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. Share your experiences and get support from others in similar situations.
    RSS Feed 58 discussions 248 replies Most recent: Support for brain injury? by RichardVR on February 19
  • Physical/ mobility impairments

    Talk to others with physical impairments and mobility issues.

    Share your experiences of physical disability and related mobility issues, or ask for advice from people in a similar situation to you.
    RSS Feed 39 discussions 179 replies Most recent: Mobility by treyc on 2:46PM
  • Undiagnosed and rare conditions
    If you have an undiagnosed or rare condition, this is the place where you can get advice, chat and share experiences with people in a similar position.
    RSS Feed 42 discussions 149 replies Most recent: Hyper mobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome by Weebles1703 on 1:29PM
  • Visual and hearing impairments

    Connect with others and get advice on visual impairments and hearing impairments

    The place to seek advice regarding sensory impairments, or share your experiences of visual impairment, blindness, hearing loss and deafness.
    RSS Feed 31 discussions 129 replies Most recent: Hearing aids restricted because of wax by Victoriad on February 16
  • Talk to a community advisor
  • Ask an ASD advisor
    Hi, I’m Violet My son has High Functioning Autism and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in my forties. I am also diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which I manage through a combination of meds, humour and downright bloodymindedness.

    Ask me questions about parenting autistic children, anxiety disorders and ASD.

    RSS Feed 52 discussions 382 replies Most recent: Getting people PAST the disability to give me a CHANCE at anything! by VioletFenn on February 21
  • Ask an assistive technologist
    Hello everyone, Scope's Head of Assistive Solutions and Regional Assistive Solutionist Andy and Ryan are here to help you with all your Assistive Technology questions.
    RSS Feed 70 discussions 236 replies Most recent: Voice activated technology for powered wheelchairs by Markinsutton on January 25
  • Ask an audiologist
    Hi everyone, my name is Vicki. I worked as a paediatric audiologist with children with complex needs, and am now an advisor for the National Deaf Children's Society. If you need information and support on anything relating to the ears, hearing, hearing tests, types and causes of hearing loss, hearing aids or anything else, just ask me a question.
    RSS Feed 41 discussions 129 replies Most recent: Looking for hearing assistance for my dad by CockneyRebel on 12:00AM
  • Ask a benefits advisor

    Your benefits queries answered.

    Scope has enlisted the expert services of The Benefits Training Co. to answer your benefits questions.

    Only replies which are from BenefitsTrainingCo should be considered expert advice. Unfortunately during busy periods the Benefits Training Company may not be able to reply to every post. If your question is about PIP, please read our FAQs before posting.
    RSS Feed 1.3K discussions 8K replies Most recent: PIP waiting times - Northern ireland by lillybelle on 2:16PM
  • Ask a Chronic Pain Advisor
    Hello I'm Claire - I am a mum to 3 young adults and we have hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition which affects the connective tissue. My first major back surgery, aged 21, left me with permanent nerve damage and chronic pain. I was forced to stop nursing due to my health so I started writing about living with chronic pain. Blogging along with a spinal cord stimulator & meds, helps me cope and I'd like to support you too. Ask me anything related to living with chronic pain.
    RSS Feed 10 discussions 64 replies Most recent: Prolapsed lumbar disc by mikehughescq on 2:34PM
  • Ask a diet and nutrition advisor
    Hi, I'm Kirsten Davies and I am a nutritionist, food psychology coach and founder of The Food Remedy. I combine my nutritional knowledge with food psychology helping clients understand the link between the food they eat and the thoughts they think.

    Ask me questions about diet, nutrition and body confidence now.

    RSS Feed 34 discussions 128 replies Most recent: Weight loss due to crohns disease by Sam_Scope on February 22
  • Ask a disability trainer and consultant
    My name's Simon Wilson. I have cerebral palsy and use a communication aid, and I have a disability consultancy called SimonsAble, focused on promoting independence and equality for disabled people. Whether you're a parent seeking the right equipment and support, or a disabled person planning to live independently, I can advise you on steps to take and who to contact. Ask a question.
    RSS Feed 21 discussions 118 replies Most recent: Yoga by Sam_Scope on February 22
  • Ask a disabled student advisor
    University can be a scary thought for the majority of students and disabled students can prepare for the realities of higher education if they are given realistic information. Ask our disabled student advisor your questions today.
    RSS Feed 13 discussions 37 replies Most recent: Asd and leaving residential school by PippaScope on February 21
  • Ask an Occupational Therapist
    Jean Merrilees is a registered Occupational Therapist and has worked for Scope since the 1990’s. She welcomes questions about how to overcome barriers that hinder disabled people being able to do the things they need or want to do. Occupational Therapists find solutions by suggesting adaptations to the environment, suggesting aids or equipment to assist, or adapting the task to make it more appropriate to the needs of the person.
    RSS Feed 29 discussions 163 replies Most recent: Another inaccessible hospital by Jean_Scope on February 21
  • Ask an employment advisor
    Work With Me is our new campaign to tackle the barriers disabled people all too often face when trying to get into and stay in work. Find more information at www.scope.org.uk/WorkWithMe You can ask our employment advisors questions about anything from pre-employment, finding work to employment issues once you are in work. Welcome to our employment advisors Mwila, Rian, Donisha, Pia and Zaid.
    RSS Feed 84 discussions 353 replies Most recent: suggestions on self employment by kcuthbert on 5:34AM
  • Ask a mental health advisor
    Hi, I'm Rebecca. I am a qualified hypnotherapist and a counselor volunteering for ChildLine and the NSPCC. I work to support children and young people with a variety of mental health needs. I have spent 20 years working within local government in both social housing and social services supporting people who are vulnerable and with complex needs. I am a keen advocate of supporting survivors of domestic abuse.
    RSS Feed 52 discussions 322 replies Most recent: Losing all my support by kath1234 on February 21
  • Ask a parenting advisor
    My name is Vic and I am a mum of 4. I live on the Kent coast with my wife and our children. 2 of my children have additional needs. Some of these needs include Autism, sensory processing difficulties, sleep disorder, food allergies and much more! I am a family and lifestyle blogger and a graphic designer. Ask me anything you need to know about special needs and parenting now!
    RSS Feed 25 discussions 95 replies Most recent: Destructive behaviour by Sam_Scope on February 20
  • Ask a sex and relationships expert
    Hi, I'm Gill. I'm a personal, social and health education therapist at a specialist college near Birmingham for young people with complex disabilities. In my role there I deliver sex and relationship education sessions as well as 1:1 support. Ask me a question about anything related to body changes, staying safe, what resources are out there or anything else.
    RSS Feed 57 discussions 297 replies Most recent: Any females with Cerebral Palsy want to chat? by iza on February 22
  • Ask a speech and language advisor
    Hello everyone, my name is Nicola. I am a children’s speech and language therapist, and deal with a range of issues from simple lisps to complex needs. I am head of The Owl Centre, which provides multidisciplinary therapy services for children across 19 counties in England and South Wales. If you need information and support on speech and language development, social communication issues, or behavioural difficulties, just ask me a question and I’d be very happy to help.
    RSS Feed 21 discussions 81 replies Most recent: Communication aids by NicolaLatheySLT on February 19
  • Ask an Older People advisor
    Hello, I’m Bryher. I work at The Silver Line which is the only free and confidential helpline for older people which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night you would like to call us, we will be on hand. Since we opened our helpline we have answered more than 1.6 million calls. If you need help, we can point you to the right organisation and if you are on your own and would love to have a chat, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
    RSS Feed 8 discussions 22 replies Most recent: Don't fall for scams by wilko on February 20