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Traveling Clinic and Mini Educational Meeting (Colorado)

Brian Tiburzi

Margaret Hinman and Marny Eulberg, MD, explain the Grand Junction, Colorado, Traveling Clinic and Mini Educational Meeting held September 2104.  Planning and Publicity The target population for the travelling clinic was the polio survivors in the Grand Junction area. Potential patients were identified through the Colorado Post-Polio Connections mailing list and from a list of previous support group members in …

Why We’re Here: Support Groups

Brian Tiburzi

Nancy Baldwin Carter, BA, M Ed Psych, Omaha, Nebraska is a polio survivor, a writer, and is founder and former director of Nebraska Polio Survivors Association. A while back a nutritional product’s flyer, filled with impressive success stories, made the rounds. One of its claims had to do with a polio survivor, unable to lift her legs for 60 years—until …

Shingles Vaccine Experience among the Survivors of Polio (2013)

Brian Tiburzi

Frederick M. Maynard, Chair, PHI Medical Advisory Committee, Marquette, Michigan Members of PHI concerned that polio survivors might have abnormalities of the immune system questioned if taking the vaccine would either increase the risk of complications or make them less effective. In early 2013 PHI distributed a six question survey through its PHI Membership Memo, website ( and Facebook. The PHI …

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Brian Tiburzi

The US Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Prior to IDEA, over 4 million children with disabilities were denied appropriate access to public education. Many children were denied entry into public …

Working: Laws and Resources

Brian Tiburzi

The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.  See Title I (Employment). The Rehabilitation Act mandates non-discrimination …

Imperative to Fight Ableism

Brian Tiburzi

Karen Hagrup I am disabled and proud. I have a doctorate and two daughters. I live in a nice condo with my partner. I’m retired and volunteer regularly in my community. People come to me for help. I rarely worry anymore about others’ attitudes toward my impairment; they’ve probably got it wrong anyway. Some might say I’ve overcome my disability. …