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Mencap founder celebrated on new stamp
Thursday 08 October 2009
Judy Fryd is an ‘Eminent Briton’
Judy Fryd, who founded Mencap in 1946, is one of ten ‘Eminent Britons’ on a new set of stamps.
The set of first class stamps, issued today (8 October), features historic figures who made a big impact on British society. Judy Fryd was chosen for her ‘pivotal role in transforming attitudes towards people with a learning disability’. Others featured on the stamps include tennis player Fred Perry and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Judy Fryd had a child with a learning disability and wrote a letter to ‘Nursery World’ magazine in 1946 asking other parents to share their stories over the lack of services for their children. She then formed The National Association of Parents of Backward Children, which later became Mencap.
Her campaigning also led to the passing of the Education (Handicapped Children) Act in 1971, which gave every child with a learning disability the right to receive an education.
Mark Goldring, Mencap’s chief executive, said: “The Judy Fryd stamp is a great tribute to an outstanding individual who changed the attitudes of society towards people with a learning disability forever.”