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Munday, Dorcas (Part 2 of 22). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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  • Interviewees

    Munday, Dorcas, 1947- (speaker, female)

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    Mann, Philip (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 2 (Tape 1 Side B): Parents joined Spastics Society. Dorcas never walked and was given standard issue waist-high callipers, hinged at hip and knee. Dorcas feels suffering with back today was due to callipers. Physiotherapy at St Margaret’s School and Delarue. Memories of holidays in Devon or Cornwall. Memory of watching the Coronation on TV at age 5. Playing cricket in an easy chair. Father was committee member with Spastics Society. Regular Sunday social evenings. Dorcas describes her father’s relationship with her and the origin of her name. Father’s mother was deaf. This may have influenced his attitude to disability. Father rented shop, selling tobacco, toiletries and men’s hairdressing from 8am to 9pm. Only one week’s holiday per year, with relatives in their Wolsey car. Father didn’t drive.

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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

  • Related transcripts

    Dorcas Munday interviewed by Phil Hills: 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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