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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2000

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Aspects of Muscle Compensatory Processes and Physical Activity in the Survivors of Polio
Gunnar Grimby, MD, PhD, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Gôteborg University, Gôteborg, Sweden

Osteoporosis Research: Assessment of Bone Density and Limb Function
John Delahunt, Department of Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand; and M. Elizabeth Falkner, MB, BS(Lond), LRCP(Lond), Medical Adviser, Post-Polio Support Society New Zealand, Inc., Masterton

More about Osteoporosis

Prevention of Falls and Fractures

Memory and Aging

GINI Founder Remembered in Missouri History Museum

Readers Write

Post-Polio Syndrome Slide Kit

Post-Polio Bibliography

Potpourri


GINI Founder Remembered in Missouri History Museum

Gini Laurie, founder of Gazette International Networking Institute (GINI), has been remembered with a permanent exhibit in the new Emerson Electric Center of the Missouri History Museum. Gini, a native of Saint Louis, is honored for her life-long work on behalf of people with disabilities in a section that asks the question, "What does it mean to be a citizen?" The colorful display on disability rights is located in the McDonnell Douglas Gallery "Seeking St. Louis – Reflections," on the upper level. A large plaque features the following tribute to Gini:

Independent Living: Gini Laurie
Saint Louis' Gini Laurie worked to end institutionalization of people with disabilities. Born Virginia Grace Wilson Gini Laurie holding her Saint Louis Awardin 1913, Gini was named after 2 older sisters who died of polio. As a hospital volunteer, she founded Rehabilitation Gazette, which became an internationally known advocacy journal. Known as the "grandmother" of the independent living movement, Laurie urged people with all kinds of disabilities to work together to end institutionalization and to support independence. In 1974, she helped found the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. She died in 1989, not long before the Americans with Disabilities Act at last realized her goal of equal rights for people with disabilities.

Also featured are her volunteer badges, copies of Rehabilitation Gazette, and the photograph of her holding the prestigious St. Louis Award that she received in 1986.

The Missouri History Museum (Jefferson Memorial Building and Emerson Electric Center), located at the junction of Lindell and DeBaliviere Boulevards in Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri, is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and Tuesday from 10 am to 8 pm. The museum, which is free, is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. For more information call 314-746-4599 or log on to www.mohistory.org.

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