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Munday, Dorcas (Part 17 of 22). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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    Munday, Dorcas, 1947- (speaker, female)

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    Mann, Philip (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 17 (Tape 10 Side A): Memories of Bill Hargreaves, who she met at Delarue. Impact of her disability. Speech day at school. Support from speech therapists, occupational therapists and teachers. Experiences of discrimination. Description of incident when asked to leave pub as upsetting other customers. Description of incident on trip to the Holy Land. Worries about Disability Discrimination Act. Parents set up trust for Dorcas for after their deaths. Incident on day out to Weymouth Safari Park: 2 old ladies said “Those people shouldn’t be let out. Won heats of Personality of Northamptonshire competition. Final was weekend in London, including meal at the Savoy and West End show Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. Long-lasting effect of discriminatory comment by an able-bodied man, high up in PHAB. Parents applied to adopt but were refused as Dorcas was disabled. Big argument when mother wanted Dorcas to go into a home but she didn’t want to.

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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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    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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