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October 14-20, 2007.

Radio show, "Talking Up Disability," to feature WE'RE STILL HERE

Edith Norris, polio survivor from New Zealand, reports that on October 16 she will dedicate her broadcast on our local community radio station a show called "Talking Up Disability" to the worldwide WE'RE STILL HERE campaign. Her website is and the link to the area support group is

Book signing in Johnstown, PA: Monday, October 15th

Daniel Wilson, co-author with Julie Silver of Polio Voices: An Oral History from the American Polio Epidemics and Worldwide Eradication Efforts, will sign copies the newly released book at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute main lobby area, Monday October 15th at 10:00 am. Local Rotary Clubs will provide a limited number of the books free of charge to local libraries and to a predetermined number of polio survivors.

For details contact, Barbara J. Duryea, MSN,RN, CPHQ, Director Research and Development, John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain and Institute, Johnstown, PA, 814-269-5241;

The event is part of John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute's participation in the WE'RE STILL HERE campaign of Post-Polio Health International, Saint Louis, Missouri.

European Polio Union

On October 16, 2007, the European Polio Union (EPU) is planning a parade/demonstration in the centre of Brussels (in the Saint Hubertus Galery) to bring more attention to the needs of polio people in Europe.

On the 17th, a meeting will be held in the European Parliament. In attendance will be members of the EPU, Members of the European Parliament, and health professionals. Prof. Kristian Borg, Karolinska Institute, and Prof. Frans Nollet, University of Amsterdam, will speak about post-polio syndrome and will stress the need of working together on the European level.

Before October every member country will contact their own Members of the European Parliament to ask them to support the EPU by signing a Petition and invite them to come to our conference on the 17th of October.

The countries that already joined the EPU are Belgium, The Netherlands, France, England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Denmark and Germany.

European groups wanting to join the EPU and join the October 16th and 17th activities should contact

Johan Bijttebier
PostPolio België

Els Symons-Josemans
The Netherlands

Polio Network - ParaQuad Victoria, Australia

Victoria will have its Polio Day on Monday, 22 October 2007. This year we have decided to focus on what benefits, resources, programs, etc. are available, especially in the transition years of 64 to 65 when Australians change from disability payments to aged payments. As many polio survivors were not "in the system," there is a huge gap in knowledge of what they could be accessing.

We will be using the case study/panel discussion model. 'Traralgon', is a rural town approx 100 miles from Melbourne CBD with a population of around 20,000 people.

Mary-ann Liethof
Polio Network – ParaQuad Victoria,

Polio Day 2007 – Monday 22nd October
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Cnr St Georges Road & Bell Street, Preston


Lecture and Book Signing in Lockport, New York
October 18, 2007

The Niagara County Historical Society, Lockport, New York, has invited PHI member, Janice Flood Nichols to present on acute poliomyelitis, post-polio syndrome and current eradication challenges. The society asked her to stress how polio and present events influenced her decision to write, Twin Voices: A Memoir of Polio, the Forgotten Killer. Nichols will also sign copies of her newly-published book. For more details about this event, contact Nichols at,

Spreading the word through books

Actions of Support Groups

Ann Tuss ( and the Polio Survivors of Montana have been very busy this fall collaborating with the public health department to call attention to the need for improving the immunization rates in Montana. The group will gather for a luncheon meeting on October 20, 2007 during WE'RE STILL HERE week. Patricia Lahaie, MD, Billings, Montana, will be the featured speaker.

Larry Kohout ( and the West Metro Chapter of PPASS (Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of Minnesota) have committed to "addressing both the larger metro papers as well as some of our community news papers." He strongly encouraged all of the other chapters "to do what you can to make your local papers aware." Thanks, Larry.

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