Whatever Happened to Polio?
This exhibition marked the fiftieth anniversary of the announcement that Dr. Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine to prevent polio, the most notorious disease of the 20th century until AIDS appeared. Stories cover the polio epidemic in the United States, the vaccine development, current world efforts to stop polio transmission, and of survivors and the influences they have had on American society. The exhibition also explores some of the changes in American medicine in the 20th century and the impact a disease can have on society as a whole. Artifacts include a pair of Franklin D. Roosevelt's leg braces; a syringe and vaccine used by Dr. Jonas Salk during the 1954 polio clinical trials ; and an iron lung. The site also includes “Got Ramps?,” an educational activity on the change in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005, and an animated life cycle of the poliovirus. Visit Web site
The design of the physical exhibition, when it was on view through 2006, incorporated the principles of Universal Design. It included tactile-audio maps of the gallery space, spotlight sound with audio description, and other design details for independence and usability. The online exhibition Web site complies with all priority 1 checkpoints of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 and follows United States Federal Government Section 508 Internet and Intranet Accessibilty Standards.