For much of the twentieth century poliomyelitis caused a significant number of people in the United States to become disabled. This was especially true in the forties and early fifties. Many of the survivors, with disabilities, faced discrimination. People feared that they were still infectious, although scientists knew that polio is only contagious in the first few weeks after the onset of the disease.
Polio survivors sought diagnosis, treatment or amelioration of the condition, and recognition of disability status by Social Security. Soon local support groups were being organized by polio survivors to get information, diagnosis, and treatment.
In 1994, the Wood County Society Serving Children & Adults with Disabilities (WCS) accepted the Mid-Ohio Valley Post Polio Support Group (MOVPPSG) under its auspices. The Wood County Society has continued to assist the support the Post Polio Support group in funding conferences, programs, and educational materials.
The Post Polio Support Group has always been run by volunteers, with polio survivors doing most of the work of distributing information and providing a social network. It focuses its efforts on raising awareness among former polio patients, their families, and the general public about the symptoms and the treatment of post-polio syndrome. The group advocates for the needs of people with impaired mobility. It tries to provide information on programs available to assist the survivors.
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