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Recent SCI Moms Needed for Study

The UAB School of Medicine is seeking mothers with a spinal cord injury who’ve had a baby in the last 3 years to participate in a groundbreaking study! Participants will receive up to $200. If interested, read more

BBC Profiles the Lives of People Living with SCI in Ghana

Francis, from Ghana, was injured 15 years ago and was confined in his home the entire time because he had no one to help him leave, and with profound sadness we report he recently passed. But before he died, his story was shared with the world thanks to the BBC and paraplegic reporter Sophie Morgan, who traveled to Ghana to profile the harsh lives of people with disabilities here. Read more

New Research Opportunity for Recent Neck Injuries

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has announced it’s looking for subjects for it’s latest SCI research trial – those with recent cervical injuries (no less than 30 days post-injury). The trial involves testing three escalating doses of AST-OPC1 (embryonic stem cells) in patients with subacute, C5-C7, neurologically-complete cervical spinal cord injuries. Read more

Quadriplegic Shares Erotic Photos with Today Show

Rachelle Friedman, a C5-6 quadriplegic paralyzed at her bachelorette party in a fall, has gone on to get married and is now busy shattering stereotypes. Recently she posed for the camera with her leg bag exposed to show other women who use Foley catheters as well that they can be sexy too. We hope this helps inspire the newly injured! Read more

Meet SCI researchers, advocates at SCI symosium ‘Working2Walk’ in September

If you’re passionate about SCI research, the W2W Symposium, Sept. 27 – 28, 2015 in Besthesda, MD (just minutes from DC!) is a rare opportunity to meet SCI researchers and advocates in-person, as well as other passionate people in the the SCI community. Early bird rates are now only $150 for both days until Aug. 21st. Can’t afford to go? Travel grants are available! Learn more

Top 10 States to Live in with a SCI

Having a cervical spinal cord injury usually translates into needing help with daily living activities, and most quadriplegics use state Medicaid. Have you ever wondered which are the best states for disability services? The Huffington Post has compiled a list of the ten best states to live in if you have a mobility impairment, and it’s a great list. See if you state is on the list

Man paralyzed from the neck down walks in an exoskeleton using brain waves

A man from the UK paralyzed from the neck down has been able to walk again. Rob Camm broke his neck in a car crash in 2013, and is now the first person with his level of injury to control a robotic exoskeleton. Technology mapped his brainwaves enabling Rob to just think about walking. Watch

ADA Turns 25

Last Sunday marks 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. That’s 25 amazing years of increased accessibility and rights for Americans with disabilities! To learn how the ADA came to be, read this fascinating article by Robert L. Burgdorf Jr., one of the co-writers of the law who is disabled himself. He shares how much has changed from before it was passed, and how till this day it remains an amazing model of bi-partisanship. Read more

U.S. Spinal Cord Injury Patient Documenting His Stem Cell Plus Epidural Stimulation Treatment

Jack Pearce, a C6-7 quad since 2013, is receiving a new procedure offered in Thailand combining an epidural stimulator + stem cell therapy. Should be interesting to see how he fares! Read more on his Gofundme page. and read more from PR Newswire

Experience: “I was paralyzed by a rugby ball”

Kate Hilpern was injured by a rugby ball thrown to her head by her child; a total fluke accident. She recently shared her journey with The Guardian. What are some of the weirder ways you’ve heard about someone sustaining a spinal cord injury? Read her story

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