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Berwick, Lin (Part 1 of 12) Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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  • Interviewees

    Berwick, Lin (speaker, female)

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    Mann, Philip (speaker, male)

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    Part 1 (Tape 1 side A): Born on 18 March 1950 as St. Andrews Hospital Bow London. Three months premature weighing two pounds. Thought to be stillborn. Cerebral palsy and partial sight. 13 Alton Street, Poplar, Tower Hamlets. Grandmother's house with outside toilet and backyard. Weak lungs and pneumonia. At 18 months, neurologist at Carshalton labelled Lin as a spastic. Two brothers. Lin screamed unless carried. Nancie Finnie, physiotherapist. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hackney. Bobath Centre at Marylebone Road, then Hampstead. Father carpenter; mother machinist who specialised in children's nightclothes. New council house at Grundy Street, Poplar. Bought a car and caravan and went to Whitstable for weekends. Learnt to sit up at three, speak at four and crawl at five. Crawled everywhere and wore out shoes every three weeks. No support from family. Attitude of other parents. Using a tricycle. Going to a school for physical handicapped at Bromley Hall. Great-grandmother had attended the same school 100 years before. Using expensive Keeler Aids. Typical day at school. Horseriding. Hymn singing, needlework, English, Scripture. Art.

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    Interviewed for the project 'Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy'; a project conducted by Scope in partnership with the British Library, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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    Lin Berwick interviewed by Philip Mann: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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    'Speaking For Ourselves' project website, including resources, information for schools and news

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