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Disability Studies - Responaut with an introduction by keith armstrong

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Dorothy Page O.B.E. edited, for more than 25 years (from the 1960s, throughout the 1980s), a magazine from her home while in an iron lung; "Responaut" which had the tag, "by for and about respiratory aided and other gadget aided people". She wrote under the pen name of Ann Armstrong. In addition to editing the magazine she successfully brought up a family. Her husband remained loyal to her.

The magazine featured many progressive disabled people of the time including Megan Du Boisson (founder of DIG, the Disabled Income Group), Paul Hunt (one of the founders of UPIAS, the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation) and Geoffrey Webb.

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Disability Studies - Responaut with an introduction by keith armstrong

  1. 1. Disability Studies: Responaut with an introduction by Keith Armstrong Dorothy Page OBE edited, for more than 25 years (from the 1960s, throughout the 1980s), a magazine from her home while in an iron lung; "Responaut" which had the tag, "by for and about respiratory aided and other gadget aided people". She wrote under the pen name of Ann Armstrong. In addition to editing the magazine she successfully brought up a family.
  2. 2. The magazine featured many progressive disabled people of the time including Megan Du Boisson (founder of DIG, the Disabled Income Group), Paul Hunt (one of the founders of UPIAS, the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation) and Geoffrey Webb*. She was also an early trail-blazed of independent living. In the early 1980s she also pioneered an early computer communication system using morse code to create characters for an early word processor. "Responaut" was given freely to disabled survivors who used machine aids, such as breathing machines or powered wheelchairs, as well as to all members of the British Parliament. She wrote a book about her life called "The Breath of Life" which was published by the BBC. The introduction was written by the late Jack Ashley MP, who was the main disability rights campaigner at the time. None of the writers for "Responaut" were paid. A sample copy of "Responaut" is appendixed to this note. If you have a different issues of this magazine, I request you to also share them Copyright Note: Commercial use of this document is prohibited without written permission from the authors. This publication is shared for the spirit in which it was created. Keith Armstrong April, 2015 *

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