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Munday, Dorcas (Part 5 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 5 (Tape 3 Side A): Problems of head and eye control made reading difficult but Dorcas mastered this and reading was a godsend. St Margaret’s School. Wearing callipers during the day. Growing awareness of being disabled. Aged 12 went to Thomas Delarue School. Occasionally had someone to write for her; at other times Dorcas held the pencil in her mouth. Donation of electric typewriters. Enjoyed the Beatles. Read every book in library. Difficulties with eating. Little contact with outside world. Pocket money mostly spent in tuck shop on tissues for colds. Elizabeth Oliver, speech therapist, taught her to breathe properly to help speech.

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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)

  • Related links

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

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