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Ms Brenda Lake

"The atmosphere was good - we had stairs in the place. We worked in the basement - the physios and some classrooms there, and the occupational therapy. And for lunch they had to go upstairs to the lunchroom - the children - so they had to go up the stairs - or helped up the stairs or whatever, but our philosophy was well, outside in the outside world, there are stairs so you'd better learn to cope with stairs. And if you couldn't then there was a path all the way around the outside of the building so if you were in a chair then you would be pushed all the way from physiotherapy in the underground up to the top in through the front door and then into the classrooms which were on the first floor. And you got wet - or the therapists got wet - everybody got wet……but everybody was very companionable…because we were all on top of each other and you had good communication with each other, simply and purely because you were there and had to talk to each other and were communicating….it was right there in a sharing space.

Well, when I first went to the centre many of the people had cerebral palsy because they had a Rhesus factor - because they were Rh negative and their mother was Rh positive and so the mother tried to reject the baby - which caused damage. Probably half the population at that time were 'blue' babies and then the transfusions came in so today those babies don't really exist, so that's just one example of changing face of cerebral palsy. You think you've found a cause; you think you're on the way to finding a cure - but you're not because other things that have come along………"