People in the News

In this space, we hope to put stories, pictures, articles about APPA members in the news.


Joe Drogan, President of APPA, was interviewed on the Dottie Coffman radio show on WPCG 102.9 FM in February. Here's the link to the interview: Joe Drogan



  Special Event:
Sylvia Gray and Linda Priest were honored to meet with the new Executive Director of Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute of Rehabilitation, Greg Schmieg.  Sylvia and Linda are pictured in Warm Springs presenting a copy of the Governor's Proclamation to Mr. Schmieg.  Governor Sonny Perdue declared September 2007 Polio Awareness Month.  



Georgia Gov. Sonny

Perdue declared September 2007 as

Polio Awareness Month in Georgia.

Linda Priest, president of the Atlanta Post-Polio Association presented a copy of the governor’s proclamation to Shepherd Center Medical Director Dr. Donald Peck Leslie. At least 70 percent of paralytic polio survivors and 40 percent of non-paralytic survivors are developing post-polio syndrome about 30 to 40 years after the initial poliovirus attack. The syndrome can be treated, and the proclamation was intended to raise awareness about the disease and treatment.

Photo by Shepherd Center and is in the Winter issue of Spinal Column magazine.


Smithsonian Polio Exhibit at Warm Springs


FDR found hope in Warm Springs, and he wanted to share that hope with everyone recovering from polio. His concern for people with disabilities spread nationally and internationally until today when the world might soon celebrate the eradication of polio from every country on earth. “Whatever Happened to Polio,” an exhibition created by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, presents the history of the disease from ancient times, through the epidemics of the early 20th century, through the creation of the Salk and Sabin vaccines to the current efforts to eliminate polio from the world. The Smithsonian created the exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Salk vaccine, and it originally opened in Washington, D.C. in 2005. The public can now view this exhibition on the historic campus of Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The exhibition will be on display at Warm Springs through July 2009! If you would like more information about the exhibition, please contact Roosevelt Warm Springs Tour Coordinator Linda Creekbaum at 706-655-5010.

This website will give you a good idea of what is now displayed in Warm Springs.






Maria Latta wrote an article about polio. Click here to view this article.

Maria Latta wrote an article on Accessibility. Click here to view this article.

We have past articles about Jim Doherty who passed away last fall. Click the links to see these articles: Article1 and Article2





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