A gathering of 7 people in the backyard of Gini Laurie, several of whom are wearing turtle shells, mobile respiratory devices that attach to the upper abdomen to aid in breathing.

A gathering of 7 people in the backyard of Gini Laurie, several of whom are wearing turtle shells, mobile respiratory devices that attach to the upper abdomen to aid in breathing.

Gini Laurie organized many events that helped to promote the Independent Living cause. For example, at this LSD (Lick, Stamp, Dunk) Party, volunteers gathered to send out mailings and then take a swim in her backyard pool. Several volunteers are wearing turtle shells, mobile devices used by polio survivors that forced the lungs to breathe in and out.

Courtesy Of Post-Polio Health International

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Missouri History Museum exhibition

Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later.
June 26, 2010
to Jan 8, 2012

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