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Munday, Dorcas (Part 22 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)

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    Part 22 (Tape 13 Side A): Dorcas’s father was a member of the local Spastics Society (now Scope). Dorcas had a Victorian pram, made of wicker on wheels. Dorcas wasn’t diagnosed with cerebral palsy until the age of 2. Support came mostly from family, a great-aunt in particular. At 12 years, her parents tried to adopt a child. They were refused because of Dorcas, which made her very upset and guilty. Before going away to boarding school, the Health Service provided an ambulance to take her to day school. Parents had no car. Disabled people’s increasing involvement in organisations. Improved access. High costs of care. Dorcas is a board member of local theatre. Attitude and lack of understanding make people feel more disabled.

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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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