Tag Archives: cerebral palsy

Down the down escalator

A couple of weeks ago I used my Huffington Post blog to pay tribute to Glyn Worsnip, a stalwart of Radio 4 throughout the 1980s. Sharing his experience on air of being diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, the illness that cost … Continue reading

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The Milky Way

The Milk Marketing Board produced some of the most memorable advertising of the early ’80s with slogans like ‘fresh milk’s gotta lotta bottle’ and ‘nice cold, ice cold milk’. Odd times, when prime time TV featured ads for no-brand staples … Continue reading

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Get on the bus

In a significant milestone for disabled rights, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of wheelchair user Doug Paulley’s argument that a bus company hadn’t done enough to get a woman with a pushchair to heed the sign ‘Please vacate this … Continue reading

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The Threepenny Opera

Against my better judgement, I allowed myself to be dragged (literally for part of the journey) to this new production. I never really got into Brecht, don’t like jazz, and as my husband rightly points out, tend to be a … Continue reading

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The 55 steps

Window dressing versus real accessibility That same Friday morning last month, when I’d inadvertently counted the steps at Barbican tube station, I purposely counted the steps at the gym. Disabled friendly it ain’t. First there’s a steep flight of stairs … Continue reading

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The 23 steps

Coming ‘face-to-ear’ with cerebral palsy The loss of my twin sister can show itself in the most unexpected places. Whenever I go somewhere new, I’m aware I’m inadvertently addressing its accessibility – Are there any steps? If so, how many? … Continue reading

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Finding a long lost photo of me with my twin

‘Having a happy month!’ A week on, and I’m still waiting for the online publication of my piece on Jenny’s life in a national newspaper. It’s a mixture of excitement and a little frustration. Meanwhile, providing the photographs set me … Continue reading

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Getting Jenny’s story out there

If at first you don’t succeed… My blog entries this month have been a bit thin on the ground. And that’s not because of laziness or lack of interest, I hasten to point out. I’ve been focussing on writing for … Continue reading

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That painful difference

Twins and disability Yesterday’s Mirror told the story of twins Ava and Louie, born nine weeks premature, who both have cerebral palsy. Ava had surgery which now allows her to walk, and their mum talks of how heart-breaking it is … Continue reading

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Waiting for a miracle?

The strange logic of annual benefit assessments for the disabled The last few days saw the story of a 16-year-old’s brush with the benefits system. Edward Bright, who lost his limbs in early childhood due to meningitis, received a letter … Continue reading

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