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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.

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  • Your views and opinions can help us to keep improving our services, support and campaigns. If you are interested in joining the research panel, please sign up on our website.
    RSS Feed 24 discussions 30 replies Most recent: Gardening by leti on June 2
  • 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 7.6K discussions 22.2K replies Most recent: DWP making "offer" to stop me going to tribunal help!! by Kaymay on 10:56PM
  • Community news
    RSS Feed 186 discussions 1K replies Most recent: Take on the Superhero Tri by Adrian_Scope on 2:34PM
  • 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 2.3K discussions 12.2K replies Most recent: Wardrobe for Wheelchair Users by kazzy1 on 3:25PM
  • 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 1.2K discussions 5.2K replies Most recent: Carers Week by debbiedo49 on 10:18PM
  • 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 63 discussions 431 replies Most recent: Disabled parent with children by Emma_Scope on May 29
  • 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 674 discussions 9.8K replies Most recent: Recommended by Geoark on 10:38PM
  • Disability news
    RSS Feed 160 discussions 1.1K replies Most recent: Dwp decision by [Deleted User] on June 10
  • Events, research and opportunities
    This is the place to post all events, surveys and opportunities relating to disability and related issues.
    RSS Feed 869 discussions 1.6K replies Most recent: Accessible Festival by Ails on 2:47PM
  • 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 [email protected]
    RSS Feed 288 discussions 3.1K replies Most recent: Tackling public transport as a wheelchair user by April2018mom on 5:43PM
  • 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 146 discussions 710 replies Most recent: Milestone Achieved! by April2018mom on 5:50PM
  • Disability benefits
  • Carer's allowance
    RSS Feed 194 discussions 1K replies Most recent: Disability by Adrian_Scope on 8:28AM
  • Employment and Support Allowance (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 2.9K discussions 18.3K replies Most recent: Earning a few extra pennies by veriterc on 11:22PM
  • PIP, DLA and AA

    Advice on all issues relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA).

    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.
  • 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 580 discussions 4.1K replies Most recent: Can LCWRA be backdated? by sarahjayne79 on 11:22PM
  • 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 659 discussions 3.1K replies Most recent: Change of circumstances questions by poppy123456 on 7:28PM
  • 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 100 discussions 741 replies Most recent: Online dating by gaz1960 on May 26
  • Dealing with chronic pain
    Share experiences and tips relating to chronic pain with people in a similar situation.
    RSS Feed 332 discussions 2.2K replies Most recent: Shorten Life Expectancy by LaughingLolly on 10:57PM
  • 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 501 discussions 1.9K replies Most recent: Selling by zakblood on 12:34PM
  • 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 334 discussions 1.2K replies Most recent: Are you disabled and currently studying at college or uni? by glitterygutsx on 5:54PM
  • Employment
    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 171 discussions 860 replies Most recent: Prevented from doing voluntary work by kopite1 on 11:22PM
  • Finances and extra costs
    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 168 discussions 759 replies Most recent: Support with Dental implants costs by Adrian_Scope on 7:15AM
  • 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 476 discussions 2.2K replies Most recent: Anyone on Personal Health Budget? by Chloe_Scope on June 13
  • Diet and Nutrition
    Diet and Nutrition is something we all think about, though we can't offer medical advice you can chat about your issues and tips here.
    RSS Feed 72 discussions 329 replies Most recent: Inclusive weight loss classes/groups for wheelchair users? by Antonia_Scope on May 29
  • 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 155 discussions 581 replies Most recent: Accessible seaview/seafront accommodation by buzzer on June 4
  • 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.
  • Talk about specific conditions
  • Autism and Aspergers

    Explore our Autism and Aspergers forum

    Start a new discussion relating to autism or Aspergers or take a look at the posts below on autism diagnosis, support and related issues.
    RSS Feed 337 discussions 2K replies Most recent: Toilet issues by dredman on 12:05PM
  • 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 688 discussions 3.7K replies Most recent: Help by lozzer25 on 4:16PM
  • 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 102 discussions 610 replies Most recent: Is there anyone who can relate to me who i could chat with? by bonnielassie on May 25
  • 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 68 discussions 294 replies Most recent: Who been diagnosed with this by sam12 on June 7
  • 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 462 discussions 3.6K replies Most recent: Complex PTSD and no help available by newborn on 8:37PM
  • 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 147 discussions 827 replies Most recent: FND by susan48 on 11:08PM
  • 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 102 discussions 528 replies Most recent: Using Hartlepool as a holiday base for in the North-East by Chloe_Scope on June 13
  • 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 108 discussions 576 replies Most recent: Debilitating, undiagnosed set of symptoms - anyone recognize? by LaughingLolly on 10:31PM
  • 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 134 discussions 625 replies Most recent: Visually impaired and depression by Chloe_Scope on June 12
  • Talk to a community advisor
  • Ask a Mental Health advisor
    Hello, I'm Mick I am 49 years old and was in the Royal Air Force for 15 years I returned to train as a Nurse in 2008. Since then, I have worked in Community Rehabilitation, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment, Older Adults Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injuries Rehab, and Adults with Learning Disabilities for Priory Group. I have also experienced Mental Health problems in the past and can empathise and pass on knowledge to others to help them. Ask me questions about Mental Health.
    RSS Feed 14 discussions 122 replies Most recent: Agoraphobia and Hospital Appointments by MickConnon on June 14
  • Talk to a Cerebral Palsy Information Officer
    Hi I'm Richard. I live with Cerebral Palsy (Spastic Quadriplegia) and I use a wheelchair. I am passionate about equal rights for people with impairments to access education and the workplace.

    Ask me questions about being a parent with CP, maintaining wellbeing, sport and anything related to Cerebral Palsy.

    RSS Feed 33 discussions 181 replies Most recent: Expecting a diagnosis of CP by Richard_Scope on June 3
  • Ask a Scope Navigate Parent Advisor
    Navigate provides one-to-one online and telephone support to parents who have a child going through diagnosis, or whose child has received a diagnosis of a disability, or acquired an impairment within the last 12 months. Navigate advisers will work with parents for six weeks, giving emotional and practical support, as parents start their journey as a parent of a disabled child. Welcome to our advisors Sara, Kate, Emma, Matt, Beverley, Felicity, Tom and Jenna.
    RSS Feed 3 discussions 18 replies Most recent: My little girl has something called SB - a birth defect of the spin by Kate_Scope on March 4
  • Ask an Autism and Aspergers advisor
    Hello we are Sparkle Sheffield - we are a charity who support children and young people with autism as well as their families. Ask us anything related to living with autism, diagnosis, education, siblings and family life with autism.
    RSS Feed 113 discussions 748 replies Most recent: advice on how to handle school by wilko on 3:30PM
  • 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 88 discussions 329 replies Most recent: Neal recorder by Chloe_Scope on June 6
  • 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 92 discussions 773 replies Most recent: Maxitram withdrawal by zakblood on June 16
  • 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 48 discussions 190 replies Most recent: Kicked off course due to disability by ScoliFibroGirl on June 10
  • Ask an employment advisor
    Support to Work offers advice to disabled people applying for jobs. This is a digital employment service supported with telephone or Skype. Find more information at https://www.scope.org.uk/supporttowork/ 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, Donisha, Pia and Zaid, Ren and Isaac
    RSS Feed 290 discussions 1.3K replies Most recent: Motobility by Steviegee on 5:04PM
  • Ask an Occupational Therapist
    Jean Merrilees is an Independent Occupational Therapist, registered with the HCPC. She previously worked for Scope’s Information Service for 25 years, so has a wealth of experience in answering disability related queries. She welcomes questions about how to overcome barriers that hinder disabled people being able to do the things they need or want to do. Jean is only able to check for posts once a week so apologises in advance if there is a delay in responding.
    RSS Feed 95 discussions 505 replies Most recent: Fibromyalgia by WF2k on April 20
  • Ask a parenting advisor
    I'm Kelly - blogger, Virtual Assistant and home educating mother of two. My six-year old daughter is autistic and goes to a special school, my 11-year old son is home educated. We have plenty of experience of autism, sensory processing issues, anxiety, mental health issues, home educating, EHCP process, autism diagnosis process, child care (I used to be an Early Years manager) and all the parenting things in between! Ask me anything you need to know about special needs and parenting now!
    RSS Feed 60 discussions 294 replies Most recent: Wanting the age to adopt a child to be 18 or 19 by Adrian_Scope on May 28
  • 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 109 discussions 686 replies Most recent: Dating Services for the Visually Impaired by Chloe_Scope on June 6
  • 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.
  • Guest Q&As
    Question and answer sessions with guest advisors on a wide range of subjects.