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Walton, Melvin (Part 1 of 3). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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  • Interviewees

    Walton, Melvin (speaker, male)

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    Pridmore, Anne (speaker, female: interviewer)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (Tape 1 Side A): Melvin lived with Grandparents for 18 years, whilst mother worked. Home tutor four times a week. At 11 or 13, sent by Local Authority to a special boarding school Elmfield School, Harpenden. Left School at 16. Squint operation. Watched football. Disabled football team. At 17, first big party, organised by Nan and Granddad. Closer to Nan than mother and father. Visits to shops to buy Milky Bars and bottle of lemonade. Interest in cars. Sunday School. Involved with cubs and scouts after school. Born Westoning, Bedfordshire. Father was fruit and veg lorry driver/salesman in London. Mother worked in factory on a tool lathe. MW weighed approx 2 lbs when born. Lucky to be alive. Drip fed when born. At 9, realisation of disability. Reactions of others. Moved to mother after death of Nan at 18.Anger when not allowed to attend Nan's funeral. Pets. Move to Leonard Cheshire Home. Grandparents’ house was 3-4 bedroom house with cellar and big garden. Voluntary work. Social Services Day Centre in Leighton Buzzard. Playing dominos.

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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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    Melvin Walton interviewed by Anne Pridmore: 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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