Posts from October 2019

The Art of Happiness in Cities Exhibition has been produced by international photographer Alexander Kharlamov, he was taking pictures at this years 'Wheel'n'Wal'k sponsored walk event so a few of you may recognize yourself in the photographs. 
The exhibition features large and beautifully framed photographs (approx. 120x100 cm), using Film Photography and a rare form of Silver Gelatin Fine Printing, creating for unique and outstanding prints of many different communities from all parts of Birmingham to showcase diversity, inclusivity and multi-cultural vibrancy of city. 
 
All pieces exhibited are available for purchase. Purchased art from the Exhibition (with 100% of proceeds going to one of our charity partners "Birmingham PHAB Camps"). 
 
 

Wheel'n'Walk sponsored walk 2019 Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 

My name is Sophie Abel and I am 23 years old. Like most children I went to school then to college to do my BTec’s. University felt like a natural next step after my positive experiences in the academic sector so far. My tutors at college and my family were very supportive in my want to go to university. As my family have all had academic backgrounds, I never questioned that I would go to university as well. I thought my Cerebral Palsy would affect what course I would do and where and worried my Cerebral Palsy would mean university would be to difficult for me. Despite this I was eager to go and at least try. After some long and important decisions, I decided to study Media Culture and Production and Southampton Solent University. 
Despite the planning and preparation that went into studying this course at this university, events played out and the overall experience was not a pleasant one. I can now reflect on the experience and reassure others that it was not due to my Cerebral Palsy that I had this negative experience, rather that the tutors and people that surrounded me. I had to take a step back and decide on my next move, knowing the aspect of my disability and its restrictions were not culpable for my bad experiences at university. 
 
Fast forward a year and I decided try university again, this time studying Creative writing and Journalism at De Montfort University. I learnt from my experience at Southampton Solent University and picked a university closer to home with regular trains operating between Leicester and Birmingham. Although it wasn’t the journey itself that was the issue, living so far away from home left me feeling more vulnerable. While I don’t think you should be limited in where you go, on a practical level it can be beneficial to stay nearer home in some situations. 
 
The accommodation was fully kitted out for a disabled person, with the hoist going from my bedroom to the ensuite bathroom, along with 2 alarm systems that I can use in case of an emergency. Using my negative experience at Southampton Solent University, I threw myself into life at DMU with energy and vigour. I felt I had to be mindful of certain decisions; going around campus I had to be sure of access and lifts because of my Cerebral Palsy. I also had to keep in regular contact with the tutors so they knew where I was on a unit and any further support, they could give me. By being pro-active with communicating with your tutors I felt my Cerebral Palsy didn’t have to affect me academic performance as I was given forewarning and advice along the way. 

Sophie Abel blogging for  #WorldCPDay  Sunday 6th October 2019 A global campaign raising awareness for cerebral palsy 

 
Friends of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, it is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our longest serving friend and citizen, Peter Dunn. 
 
Peter was born in Mary Stevens Maternity in Stourbridge in 1943 and attended Cradley Secondary Modern School in Halesowen in his younger years. 
 
Peter joined MSA, now Cerebral Palsy Midlands, in his late teens and he had been a member for over fifty years. In the earlier years at CPM, there are recorded experiences of him playing cricket, football, gardening, making and weaving baskets, cleaning, horse riding and being a general helper for the staff at the centre. He was a very independent man; it was only in the last few years as he become a bit more unstable on his feet that he found himself in a wheelchair. 

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