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May 17th 2011:Finding My Voice--Stories from Life with Cerebral Palsy

Don Smith and Jane Field have worked together to record Don's life story since meeting in a community literacy program 22 years ago. At the end of 2010 they published ‘Finding My Voice: Stories From My Life’. They tell us how they came to know each other and to work together on the book. They talk about Don’s life with cerebral palsy, about the people who were his family caregivers and about the challenges his family encountered making ends meet. Don talks about his first wheel chair and the way it affected his life. They both discuss Don’s communications challenges. Jane highlights his commun

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Jane Field

Jane Field, a former high school teacher and literacy worker, is a writer and singer-songwriter, a speaker and performer in the Toronto area. She was a wheelchair user for 15 years, quadriplegic for 6 of those years, before she met a doctor in 2002 who told her she had a treatable nerve disease. Since undergoing extensive treatment, she no longer requires a wheelchair, but continues to straddle the boundaries of identity and belonging in the disabled and non-disabled communities.
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Donald Smith

Donald Smith is a native of Prince Edward Island, now a resident of Toronto. He is an inventor, artist and passionate animal lover and country music fan. Born with cerebral palsy and unable to speak in the conventional way, Don has used many means of communication over the years. As a child, his communication was mostly by non-verbal vocalizations, facial expressions and gestures. Later he learned Bliss Symbolics as well as some spelling and word recognition. Now he uses a computerized voice communicator.
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