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Webb, Geoff (Part 6 of 6). Geoff Webb Memories of Polio

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    Webb, Geoffrey, 1927- (speaker, male)

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    Part 6: GW describes first holiday in 1965 to Cornwall. Describes volunteering for his local Disablement Income Group (or DIG) branch, which was established in 1965. Discusses DIG and its impact as a pressure group for disabled people. Describes being left some money by his aunt; used the money to fit a hydraulic lifting device to his van; employed a second resident helper and purchased a small investment in land. GW describes spending some time in hospital when helpers were on holiday; value of this time in hospital. GW felt that able-bodied men and women were slowly beginning to accept people people with disabilities. GW remarks that most of the eqipment to help those with disabilities was neither sponsored nor developed by the Health Service but was a combination of lots of little individual private effort. GW and wife divorced. GW describes the importance of humour. Arrival of Annie in 1969, who GW later married.

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    Self-recorded reminiscences of a polio sufferer and activist for independent living facilities for the disabled, recorded around 1975

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    Geoff Webb self-recorded reminiscences: full transcript (PDF)

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