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Webb, Geoff (Part 3 of 6). Geoff Webb Memories of Polio

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    Webb, Geoffrey, 1927- (speaker, male)

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    Part 3: Geoff Webb's [GW] thoughts on religion. Impact of machinery on GW's daily life, including the typewriter. Duncan Guthrie and his sponsorhip of a microfilm projector to help read books; visited by Reg Maling who helped GW to work his a sip-and-puff microfilm project to enable him to read books. GW's recalls receiving help from his uncle Vivian in designing reading apparatus. Describes Reg Maling and his inventions of equipment for paralysed people including the 'Possum Control'. GW's desire to to live in his own home on his respirator; problems of financing a home life. Visits from Peter Fleming. Working from the hospital on alterations to his home; working with architect Peter Bosanquet; help from Reg Maling in altering the home to take the 'possum' equipment. Problems of raising money to live at home; contacting the Countess of Limerick; help from the Red Cross. Obtaining second-hand equipment from IBM. Writing to The Times with the help of Peter Fleming to highlight the cost of caring for GW in a hospital compared to in his home; response to the letter and receiving help from a number of individuals, including Ernest Kleinwort. Determined to direct his work towards becoming self supporting. Preparing to leave hospital.

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    Self-recorded reminiscences of a polio sufferer and activist for independent living facilities for the disabled, recorded around 1975

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    Geoff Webb self-recorded reminiscences: full transcript (PDF)

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