When Judy Fryd took her three year old daughter, Felicity, to the doctor she knew there was something “not quite right”. Felicity wasn’t able to use her language to communicate in the way that other children her age were. The doctor concluded that Felicity had an IQ of 43 and seemed content to leave the matter there, not offering support or solutions as to how best to help her or her family.
Angry and frustrated, Judy wrote a letter in 1946 to Nursery World Magazine asking parents on similar journeys to get in touch. There was a huge response, with over 1,000 parents responding! Together, the group challenged their local health and education authorities and eventually went on to become the origins of Mencap.
During the 50s and 60s, Judy continued to lead the group’s advocacy initiatives in support of the potential of people with learning disabilities. Amongst her biggest achievements was a campaign that led to the 1975 Education (Handicapped Children) Act, which reversed the previous stance that children with learning disabilities were ineducable. #advocatelikeamother #shouttheirworth #connectingmoms #ablefinder