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A service of Post-Polio Health International


Searching the world wide web for "polio" or "post-polio" can result in hundreds and hundreds of hits. This section lists, describes, rates and links to selected sites. They are listed alphabetically within the ratings of excellent, very good and good. The category search tool narrows the list of sites of interest to eleven specific groups.  

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"Polio's Painful Legacy"

This classic 1985 New York Times article presents an in-depth look at what was then newly named as "post-polio syndrome." Author Joy Horowitz interviews patients doctors, therapists, early disability advocates (many themselves having polio) to characterize the emerging reality of polio's late effects.

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allAfrica.com -Polio Eradication

AllAfrica Global Media aggregates and indexes content from over 125 African news organizations, plus many other sources. The Polio eradication topic here is presented through current articles, press releases, government announcements and speeches. © 2015 AllAfrica

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Associação Brasileira de Síndrome Pós-Poliomielite / Brazilian Association of Post-Polio Syndrome (ABRASPP)

A Associação Brasileira de Síndrome Pós-Poliomielite (ABRASPP), criada em fevereiro de 2004, é uma organização sem fins lucrativos para sobreviventes, familiares e profissionais de saúde, com o objetivo de divulgar informações e suporte sobreviventes da poliomielite que hoje apresentam a síndrome de pós-pólio.

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Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (documentary film)

Profiles the award-winning documentary about the poet-journalist Mark O'Brien (1949-1999), a polio survivor who used an iron lung. "Breathing Lessons:The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," is a film by Jessica Yu,  and produced by Inscrutable Films and Pacific News Service. It was the winnder of the 1996 Academy Award for best  documentary (Short Subject).

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Coping with Disability: A Challenge at All Ages

Presented courtesy of CODI- Cornucopia of Disability Information, is this mental health- oriented article by Bryan Kemp, PhD,  Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. The study focuses on how people cope with disability later in life, contrasting groups with no disability, post-polio syndrome and stroke patients.

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Equally Able Foundation

Founded in 2001 as HelpHandicap Foundation, EquallyAble Foundation’s mission is to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream living, to help them become self-supporting and independent, and enable them to lead an undiminished and accomplished life. EAF's founder, Mohammed Yousuf, is a polio survivor from India who came to US in 1990 and has since associated himself with a number of disability-related initiatives to empower people with disabilities in the US and other countries.

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European Polio Union (EPU)

The EPU (founded in 2007) is an umbrella organization working for people with polio and post-polio syndrome living in Europe. Its goals are to collect data on people with polio and make the information available to European countries and their researchers. The website is internationally accessible and offers medical information from specialized doctors, allied health professionals and institutions, best practices, and immunization advocacy. EPU has 16 member organizations in 13 countries:

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March of Dimes

The March of Dimes was established by FDR to "fight polio." Today, its mission is “to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality, and premature birth.” The website contains limited polio-related content such as, A History of the March of Dimes and general information about polio and post-polio syndrome.

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National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

From the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, this website provides information about federal funding to help pay for the care of those who experience a reaction to a vaccine, including the polio vaccine.

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Polio Survivors Association

A California 501 non-profit corporation,  The Polio Survivors Association is dedicated to education, advocacy, and support.

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