Munday, Dorcas (Part 8 of 22). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy
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Munday, Dorcas, 1947- (speaker, female)
Mann, Philip (speaker, male)
Part 8 (Tape 5 Side A): Experiences at Thomas Delarue School, Tonbridge. Visits from Richard Hearne (‘Mr Pastry’, who opened early hydrotherapy pool) and Michael Bentine (cut ribbon on electronic door operated by pressure signal from mat). Speech days. Damaging effect of remarks by consultant that pupils would always have to ‘think disabled’. Dorcas’s feelings on leaving school. Positives and negatives of boarding school. Involvement with Wellingborough Youth Council. Value of work of Community Volunteers in Schools. Help from PHAB (physically handicapped and able-bodied) club. Wheelchair problems caused by poor design. Reactions of public to disabled people.
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