Joey Deacon

Joey Deacon

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Caption: Joey Deacon (1920-1981). Joey Deacon was born with cerebral palsy, which left him unable to control the movements of his hands and arms. His speech was also unintelligible to most people apart from his closest friends. Although he could walk with assistance, he used a wheelchair most of his life. Deacon wrote his autobiography 'Tongue Tied' in 1970, which was published by Mencap as part of their 'Subnormality in the Seventies' series. The four page book took 14 months to write. He was helped by his friends Ernie Roberts (also a cerebral palsy sufferer) and Tom Blackburn, who typed it. He later appeared on television programmes such as Horizon and children's programme Blue Peter to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.

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