Born in Hornsey,
London in 1909, Judy (nee Caroline Joyce Manning) became a pioneering
campaigner for children with learning disabilities and founder of The National
Association of Parents of Backward Children, now known as Mencap. She was also
the long-time editor of ‘Parents’ Voice’ a magazine that rallied for positive action and help
parents a learning-disabled child.
Economics and Political Science at Ruskin, where she met John Fryd. They were
active members of the Labour Party throughout their lives. Married in 1936,
they had four children: Felicity, Patricia, Peter and Linda. Felicity, their eldest,
had a learning disability; they sought help but were unsuccessful, meeting
constant obstacles. This would become the driving force behind Judy’s ground-breaking
work. Judy was appointed MBE in 1967 and CBE in 1996.