COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Scope focuses on social inclusion for disabled children

Cerebral palsy charity Scope is intensifying the work it does for disabled children to achieve its aim of social inclusion and independence for adults.

The charity has a team of six working in its new Early Years team and is advertising for five more staff. The needs of children with cerebral palsy will be fed into the expanding Early Years Development project in partnership with the Government and 150 multi-agency groups.

Scope aims to change attitudes among teachers and health professionals to disabled children. Tracy Linehan, education programme manager at Early Years, said: "Very few children with cerebral palsy are ill, they have brain damage and for that you need education, nurturing and acceptance, just like other children."

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