Scope debuts SMS information service

Disability charity Scope has launched a new text message service that will send information and advice about coping with cerebral palsy to the mobile phones of disabled people and their families.

The free service is aimed particularly at young people, who use their mobile phones more than other age groups. It is an extension of the Scope Response service, which focuses on offering information and guidance to the parents of children recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Disabled people and their families will be encouraged to text questions to the Scope response team, members of which will answer them either by text or, in cases where a more detailed answer is required, by phone.

Steve Cairns, head of Scope Response, said: “Disabled people often don’t have as much access to computers as non-disabled people do, largely for financial reasons. This text-based service is a great way for us to reach out to people, wherever they are.”

The funds for the text service will come out of Scope Response’s £1m annual budget.

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