Mencap began with the love and determination of one mother, Judy Fryd. Judy’s daughter, Felicity, had a learning disability.
In 1946, Judy wrote a letter to Nursery World magazine. This was at a time when people thought children with a learning disability could not be taught in schools and were discriminated against under the law (1944 Education Act). Families like Judy’s were left with little support in raising their child.
Determined to make a difference, Judy used her letter to reach out to other struggling parents. Over 1000 parents responded with issues about lack of support, education and stigma for their children who had learning disabilities.
Together they created Mencap, which continues its mission to make the UK the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.
To celebrate 75 years of empowering and enabling people with a learning disability, we want to show how small actions can lead to big change, just like Judy Fryd’s letter.
Sign Mencap’s pledge today, so that you can take a stand. Stay in touch with us so you can continue to make a difference.