Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week will be held this year from 4 – 10 September, and aims to combat misconceptions by showcasing the daily lives of people who have an injury and promoting greater inclusion throughout the community. This year’s theme is “I can”, challenging perceptions of what it means to have a spinal cord injury.
The national week is an initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, which represents eight of the country’s largest spinal cord injury organisations.
Alliance organisations, including ParaQuad NSW and BrightSky Australia will be undertaking activities to promote understanding throughout the wider community.
To mark the week, we’ll be holding “Awareness Stands” at Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. Our Newcastle office will also be hosting a morning tea at Charlestown Bowling Club with talks from ParaQuad clinical specialists, BrightSky Australia Healthcare Products and Equipment, NDIS Support Coordinators and previous winners of the ParaQuad Scholarship – designed to help support people with a spinal cord injury and like neurological disabilities to pursue educational, career and sporting training.
International Spinal Cord Injury Day, which occurs on Tuesday 5 September also forms part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, and is an initiative of the International Spinal Cord Society, promoting disability inclusion throughout the world. The day also provides the opportunity for you to consider how you can reduce obstacles for people who have a spinal cord injury; and discuss your ideas with your family, your employer or your local council.
To mark the day and the week of awareness, please head over to the videos the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance have created showcasing the daily lives of people with spinal cord injury and share them with your friends and family.