Polio Quebec spends time and energy to answer its primary objectives. Here are some achievements of the Association in response to those objectives.
Inform and Foster Public Awareness
3 Folio Polio editions are being published every year
Presence on Facebook
Since 2010 — Post-Polio Clinic Open Houses. During those days, Board Members benefit from their personal appointments at the Post-Polio Clinic to discuss with people who come there to share their experiences and make the Association known.
Launching of a crowdfunding campaign. The funds will be used to create tools to raise public and medical awareness of all aspects of polio and post-polio syndrome.
Production of a documentary short film about polio and post-polio syndrome. The purpose of this video is to foster public and medical awareness of all aspects of polio and post-polio syndrome.
Partnership for an article on post-polio syndrome in the Journal of the Ordre des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec.
October — Transition of our website to a WordPress interface to make it easier to update and see on different devices (including tablets and smartphones), as well as allowing interactions with those who consult it.
March — Launching of a new website in order to develop the content, make the browsing easier and more accessible, and improve the design.
March — Polio Quebec participated to a conference organized by the AMEIPH. Mr. Gilles Besner and Mrs Pauline Sweer shared their polio experience with participants and gave them information about polio and PPS.
Conception of a leaflet giving simple information about the post-polio syndrome (PPS). He was then replaced by the series of 6 leaflets aiming not only towards explaining SPP, but also describing available resources to help those who suffer from it. (Support our members – 2012)
Conception of a promotional flyer about the Polio Quebec Association.
November — Polio Quebec went to the annual colloquium of the INDCP (International Network on the Disability Creation Process). This colloquium about “Urban environments, municipal policies and people having disabilities” was held in Quebec city.
October — Polio Quebec underlined polio awareness month. On October, to underline the polio awareness month, we sent information capsules on polio and PPS to many organizations, all-over Quebec, which were more likely to have members who had been affected by polio. Also, we participated at a radio show from the Carrefour des personnes handicapées, broadcasted on CKIA FM 88,3 Radio Basse-Ville, Quebec. The radio interview Mrs Andrée Pomerleau did with Geneviève Meunier aimed to give information about polio, SPP and Polio Quebec Association.
Help and Advocate on Behalf of People Affected by Polio
As part of the redevelopment project for the Esplanade of the Place des Arts, Polio Quebec has sent a letter to the CEO, Marc Blondeau. We asked that he considers people with disabilities in this important project.
Polio Quebec wrote a letter to the Conservative MP of Bellechasse-Les Etchemins-Lévis, Steven Blaney, to protest against the decision of Canada Post to stop door-to-door delivery. Polio Quebec believes that the door-to-door delivery service is essential to its members who have mobility problems.
We wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and got an answer from the International Cooperation Minister (in french) to make sure that Canada was actively engaged in the international battle to eradicate polio.
Support of the ratification of the UN Convention relating to the rights of the handicapped person. Increasing awareness and putting pressure on our political representatives in order to insure that the Canadian government ratifies this convention. It was finally achieved in March 11, 2010. This Convention doesn’t ratify everything – far from it. But it allows us to go further in recognizing our rights and their application.
Support of the campaign on the respect of parking spaces reserved for handicapped persons. This campaign was initiated by the Association Paraplegiques du Quebec, called today Moelle Epinieres (Spinal Cord) et Motricité Québec.
June — Meeting with the clinical directors of the Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec (AERDPQ) to affirm the point on reform taking place at the level of resources of social services and health, and to better know where to refer people who ask us for help. This meeting enabled us to fully understand that the CLSC are the entry points of all health systems. They direct people to the services they require.
Support Our Members
We answer to a lot of questions and support requests per month. We also redirect members to other organizations and professionals throughout the year. Feel free to contact us!
Organization of conferences at the Annual General Meeting to inform and support the members of Polio Quebec.
Since 2015, the Folio Polio magazine has a new look! A professional design, a larger font and dynamic images to make you enjoy your reading.
Since october 2008 — We send about 10 Flash-Info-Rapide every year, a news bulletin that is sent by email.
Agreement with Dr Linda Edgar, Ph.D., to sell her book « Mastering the Art of Coping in Good Times and Bad » on our website (also note that half of the retail price is a donation to Polio Québec).
Since June 11th 2010 — Meetings (to gather and share information) with our members in the Quebec region and with all those in that area who were touched by polio and wished to be present.
We send a membership directory to facilitate the interactions between our members.
We send birthday cards to our members.