Anne McDonald

Anne McDonald

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Anne McDonald (11 January 1961-22 October 2010) was an Australian author and an activist for the rights of people with communication disability. McDonald was born on 11 January 1961 in Seymour, Victoria, a small Australian town. As a result of a birth injury she developed severe athetoid cerebral palsy. She was diagnosed as having severe intellectual disability and at the age of three was placed by her parents in St. Nicholas Hospital, Melbourne, a Health Commission (government) institution for people classified with severe disability, and lived there without education or therapy for eleven years. During her time in the hospital she was neglected and starved and at age 16 she weighed only 12 kilograms. Despite her ill-treatment, McDonald considered herself "a lucky one," who escaped through a stroke of good fortune. By her own reckoning, 163 of her friends died in the institution while she was there. In 1977, when McDonald was 16, Rosemary Crossley was able to establish communication with her through a method known as facilitated communication training. Once McDonald was able to make her wishes known she sought her discharge from St. Nicholas.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • Lect Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136767600
  • 9786136767604