disabilities

‘Never, never quit’, a motto for us all

A couple of years ago Conductive Education Press published the childhood memories of Ralph  Strzałkowski’s  experiences of Conductive Education at the Peto Institute as posted on his blog. Never, never quit,  was the first published memoir  of its kind and there has been no other since.
Since then Ralph, a practising lawyer in Florida, has set up a disability charity, the Florida Disability Access And Awareness Foundation, which
… is dedicated to raising awareness of issues affecting the disabled community, educating the public to fight misinformation and stereotypes and offering products and services to improve the lives of millions of people. 
A mighty endeavour,  and I wish him the best of luck and good fortune with its work.
He is now looking to collect together his numerous postings about the set up and progress of its operations. This week he posted about this and drew attention to his book about Conductive Education.
I haven’t had the need to go through  my writings  since Andrew Sutton put together a book out of 33 of my earlier posts. It was impressive to see my words on paper coming together to get a message across. The specific texts were then picked for a reason. There was a key that Andrew used for his selection, it needed to have a certain flow and tell a story. His interest and focus was on my childhood experiences, my time in Hungary and Conductive Education- and how all these things tied into my adult life and my work at the time for the Jordan Klausner Foundation. The point is – he did a good job making it work as if it was written for that purpose. With an angle of course and a bias of sorts if you will, but still- it was impressively coherent.
More information and ordering details  of Never, never quit are available from

Four films on disability to be shown by BBC

The BBC have announces a series of films over the coming months on disability. One of these follows the Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton’s brother who has cerebral palsy and wants to be a racing driver too, and another a couple with cerebral palsy about to have their second baby.

The executive producer of the series says:

“This season is about ordinary disabled people dealing with the same everyday challenges that everyone faces – leaving home, choosing a career, raising a family.”

Programmes will be on BBC1 and Radio Five Live starting with Nic Hamilton on 6 March.

Its a shame that all four will be broadcast at 10.35pm and not earlier in the schedules.

More information at  http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/BBC-announces-four-new-films-for-its-disability-season_nid-1262.html

Are you having a laugh? TV and disability

A programme on the portrayal of disability over the past 50 years (with the above title) will be broadcast on  BBC2, at 9pm on Friday 25 June. According to the schedule it will be :

A humorous and irreverent look at the way disability has been portrayed on TV over the last 50 years, narrated by David Walliams. From Sandy in Crossroads to Brenda in The Office, we’ll see how the subject has been done well, how it’s been done badly and how box ticking and the odd token wheelchair has helped this process. We look at the astonishing journey from Ironside to Cast Offs, Monty Python to The Office and Little Britain.

Whether it is humourous, remains to be seen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00swg99