In brief

CHANGING SOCIETY: a personal history of Scope 1952-2002. By Chris Davies. With a foreword by Jonathan Dimbleby. Scope pound;8 Order on: 020 7619 7341

Chris Davies's parents were among the first members of Scope (formerly the Spastics Society); he was seven when the organisation was set up to campaign for the interests of people with cerebral palsy, and attended one of its schools, which he recalls as "a mixed blessing".

Having fought to be allowed to take O and A-levels, he was turned away from art college "because if I couldn't physically practise art, they weren't interested in having me".

Davies is a success story: after access problems at two universities, he got a degree with the Open University, worked full-time for Scope and is now a freelance journalist. Others were less lucky, and their stories are woven through this account of the changing shape of the charity, in which the people for whom it was set up have gradually gained influence.

It's also a look at key landmarks in public education about cerebral palsy, from the Daily Mirror Ruggles cartoon strip in the Fifties to present-day sophisticated campaigns on access.

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