British author whose dictated autobiography, Tongue Tied, documents his lifelong struggle with cerebral palsy. The work was the basis for a popular BBC documentary.
His cerebral palsy was treated at Caterham Mental Hospital, where he lived from the age of eight until his death.
He appeared on Blue Peter, a 1981 television program, as an example of someone who had achieved a great deal in spite of his disability.
His mother died when he was six years old, and he was raised by his grandmother up until his institutionalization at the age of eight.
He and poet Vassar Miller both suffered from cerebral palsy.