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Articles Tagged: Community Living

Wheelchair no barrier for rescue worker

Published: September 26, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘There are no words to describe the things I’ve seen,’ says photographer

Being confined to a wheelchair Being a wheelchair user with a spinal cord injury didn’t stop one determined Michoacán man from contributing to the rescue efforts in Mexico City after last week’s big earthquake.

Twenty-six-year-old Eduardo Zárate traveled to the capital after he heard that one of his friends was missing in the Del Valle neighborhood, one of the worst affected parts of the city. Continue Reading »

Spire – Spinal Cord Injury Resource & Support Network

Published: June 10, 2015 | Category: Links

Spire was launched in 2015 as a brand of peer-facilitated supports and resources for people with Spinal Cord Injury to help them tackle issues of life. Spire is about supporting people to connect; network, contribute, participate and build community around life with SCI.

Spire brings the perspective of those with lived experience of SCI to the community; everything we do and say is informed, resourced and facilitated by people with real lived experience of SCI and what is important to them. Continue Reading »

Colourful ramps help make businesses more accessible

Published: November 14, 2014 | Category: News

stopgap-community-ramp-projectA few Charlottetown businesses will soon be more accessible thanks to a new program that bridges a gap that kept some customers out in the past.

Spinal Cord Injury P.E.I. is providing the brightly coloured ramps so businesses can become more accessible. The StopGap Community Ramp Project originated in Ontario, but the P.E.I. group brought the idea here. Continue Reading »

Veteran’s home becomes retreat for recovering soldiers

Published: November 10, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Wheelchairs line the edge of Gregory’s Pond in Chesterfield County; some of their occupants carry fishing poles, others take in the view or relish in their shared military history that brought them to this peaceful shore. Continue Reading »

If wayne saves one, it’s worth it

Published: August 21, 2009 | Category: News

Jumping off the jetties at Hervey Bay might be all fun and games for local kids – until someone gets hurt.

In an effort to reduce the risk of spinal injuries the Fraser Coast Regional Council has donated $1000 to the Spinal Education Awareness Team so presenter Wayne Leo can visit Fraser Coast schools and share his story.

Mr Leo suffered a spinal cord injury 25 years ago when he was hit by a car while riding his motorbike home from work. Continue Reading »

Published: August 19, 2009 | Category: Links

Life After Spinal Cord Injury

A social network and support resource for friends, family, and victims of spinal cord injury.

Bounce Back – Reclaiming life after a spinal cord injury

Published: August 8, 2009 | Category: Videos

A spinal cord injury can be devastating. It only takes a second, but it lasts forever, changing every aspect of a person’s life. Continue Reading »

United Spinal Association Action Alert

Published: July 10, 2009 | Category: News

thomas_videorndHow important is health care reform to you? As necessary as having access to adequate and affordable health care coverage when and where you need it? As important as receiving the health care support and services that will allow you or a loved one to remain at home and in your community?

United Spinal Association believes that national health care reform is important to all Americans with disabilities and chronic conditions.

We believe that the present system of rationed health care has failed Americans. Continue Reading »


Published: June 15, 2009 | Category: Links
WheelchairNet: a Virtual Community of People who Care about Wheelchairs

Wheelchair Net

WheelchairNet: A Wheelchair Virtual Community for consumers, families, clinicians, insurers, researchers, suppliers, and People who Care about Wheelchairs.

13 Days of Caring: Spinal Cord Injury Association

Published: December 16, 2008 | Category: News

On a snow day in March of 1999, life suddenly changed for Debbie Burke. The sixth-grade teacher took her kids sledding at Ottawa Park and took a major hit. The sled “went down the hill and it went sideways and backwards and I smacked my back into a tree, and instantaneously became paralyzed.”

Burke stopped teaching. She described the pain as constant and distracting. But Burke found something else: a group of people, paralyzed, working through pain together. Continue Reading »