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Ross, Joan (Part 1 of 6). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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  • Interviewees

    Ross, Joan, 1939- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Burch, Samuel (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (Tape 1 Side A): Born in Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Brain damage. Great Ormond Street Hospital. Physiotherapy and electrical treatment twice a week. London Underground. Article in ‘The Lancet’ on physio Eirene Collis. Friends Margaret and Norma. Difficulty in finding a school. Had a sister Margaret at age 12. Girl Guides. Running a Brownie pack. RSA Stage One English at the Royal Society of English. Poor handwriting affected exams. Electric typewriter. North London Spastics’ Association. Teaching training course. Middlesex Polytechnic mature student.

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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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    Joan Ross interviewed by Samuel Burch: 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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