Scope Disability Equality Awards set to celebrate disability trailblazers


Disability equality charity Scope is set to hold the Scope Disability Equality Awards celebrating community groups, businesses, and role models, who are championing disability equality and changing attitudes.

As well as disabled stars, the event will welcome corporate trailblazers like Apple, Lego, and the BBC and acknowledge their contribution to disability equality.

Head Judge, disability campaigner and Scope ambassador Dr Shani Dhanda, said:

“As a dedicated Scope Ambassador, I was honoured to lead our esteemed panel of judges for the Scope Disability Equality Awards 2024.

“These Awards spotlight those individuals and organisations making a real impact. I hope they will empower the next generation of disability advocates.

“Our mission for disability equality has never been more vital, especially given recent challenges for disabled people to live with the dignity and respect we deserve.

“Together, we can build a world where disability equality is not just a goal but a reality – where every person is valued.”

James Taylor, Scope’s Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change said:

“We are very excited to be hosting our second Scope Disability Equality Awards.

“There are 16 million disabled people in the UK, but they are not treated equally in society. The Awards shine a spotlight on the outstanding work of disabled people, allies and organisations hoping to create an equal future.

“The Scope Awards show us all there are so many individuals and organisations committed to creating a more inclusive society for disabled people, and they should all be extremely proud of their achievements.”

The Awards will be hosted by World Champion and Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox before she heads to her third Paralympic games in Paris later this year. Kadeena is the only black British cyclist to ever win a gold medal across Team GB or Paralympics GB.

This year’s Head Judge is Scope Ambassador Dr Shani Dhanda, who has been recognised as the UK’s most influential disabled person in the Shaw Trust Power 100 for her work across broadcasting, business, and accessibility.

Supporting judges include actor and disability activist Adam Pearson, who recently starred alongside Sebastian Stan in ‘A Different Man’ (2024) and Sky News presenter Saima Mohsin.

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