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Rupert 1985-2017

Was a keen member of the AT Society and enjoyed the weekends with other young people with AT. He was also involved with the local Greenwich Association for Disabled people (GAD). He believed that people with disabilities and especially wheelchair users should be treated as equals and disliked any suggestion that he was being patronized by the able-bodied community. He never felt that he needed to be excluded from anything – like getting to the top of a mountain; going on a scary ride at a theme park where disabled people were officially forbidden or having a ride on a quad bike with his brother. He managed life in an accessible room in student accommodation at university with minimum care provision.  Rupert’s greatest pride was to be as independent as possible although he knew this often depended on having the right PAs to help him. He was proud to live in his own flat with his cousin Richard and loved going to films and gigs and campaigning for equal rights for disabled people.

Rupert came to terms with having AT and all that it meant and felt that he would not be ‘him’ without it.

He was the youngest (with his twin sister Beatrice) of a family of five children. When Rupert died his family felt that an important part of their family life was lost – he played a big part in the character of the family – he was caring and good at listening and giving wise advice as well as being very humorous and fun to be with.

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