Our mission
  • Promote well-being and improve the quality of life of disabled polio survivors, in order to enable them to lead a life of dignity and independence;
  • Educate and communicate to polio survivors and their caregivers, the medical community, and the general public accurate information about the late effects of polio and other topics related to long-term disability;
  • Be a resource center to members and the community for information on issues and needs related to postpolio and the disabled;
  • Associate and cooperate with other organizations and groups advocating for the benefit of all persons with disabilities.

History of SFBAPS

Formed in 1991, SFBAPS has members throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and state of California as well as in other states and abroad. In January 2005 we formed a satellite chapter that meets in San Francisco, and is called the Golden Gate Post-Polio Group "GGPPG". This means that SFBAPS members can now access meetings at the Kaiser facilities both in Martinez and in San Francisco. Click here for meeting locations, dates and schedules.

SFBAPS planned and sponsored in 2000 and 2003 national postpolio conferences in the Bay area featuring internationally recognized medical experts on polio and postpolio.

We have an impressive polio memorabilia collection that is displayed on special occasions.

Working with Rotary International, SFBAPS placed postpolio books in public and health libraries throughout SF Bay area.

We meet and publish a newsletter monthly, January-June and September-November. Meetings (alternating between speaker and caring/sharing meetings) are the 3rd Saturday of those months at Kaiser Permanente’s Ensenada Building, Conference Rooms E1-E3, in Martinez, from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.. Polios, friends, families and anyone interested in learning more about postpolio are welcome to attend.

Members receive a list of Bay Area postpolio clinics and medical practitioners familiar with postpolio syndrome, and other helpful resources, and access to a lending library of polio material (audio-tapes, videos, books, newsletters, and other polio-related materials).

We are a California public benefit nonprofit 501©(3) corporation, federal tax ID No. 68-0253385. Donations SFBAPS are tax deductible. SFBAPS is supported by an annual membership fee of $15, or whatever you can afford, and donations. No person unable to contribute financially is denied membership

Member of Post-Polio Health International, Inc. (PHI), www.post-polio.org.