Judy Fryd

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 the parents of learning-disabled children.

Judy studied 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. She died at the age of 90 in 2000.

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