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Chloe's life changed dramatically after her accident. Read about her miracle and how you can help us support people like her.
Two years ago a trip to Italy was a lifetime dream come true for Chloe Kennedy. Chloe spent a year living the dream in Europe and getting ready to go and see the northern lights – the Aurora Borealis. But, one day whilst skiing on a perfect day in the Dolomites, Chloe’s life changed forever.
Eight days after multiple emergency operations, Chloe woke up in hospital to find her mum, three sisters and the love of her life, Antonello, all waiting anxiously by her bedside. She was told that the spinal cord in her neck was damaged and she had become a quadriplegic.
Read about Chloe's life following her accident, the miracle that happened for her and Antonello and about how our exercise program, NeuroMoves helped her improve her life. Consider making a donation this Christmas to help more people like Chloe, so together we can make sure no one with spinal cord injury is left out.
Disability Royal Commission
The First Hearing of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability began last week in Townsville, Queensland.
SCIA's Advocacy & Policy Manager, Tony Jones, welcomes the commission, "Many disability organisations have been calling for the Royal Commission for a number of years. It will provide an avenue for people to express the abuse, neglect and discrimination they have experienced."
"Abuse is rife, particularly for those unable to literally speak for themselves. We shouldn't be surprised or shocked by what we find out," he says.
SCIA is committed to providing advocacy to anyone wishing to engage with the Royal Commission. If you would like support please email us at email@example.com or call 1800 819 775.
To watch the webcast from the First Hearing or to read more about the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of People, please visit https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/
SCIA's Annual General Meeting 2019
When: Thursday 28 November, 2019
Where: St Michael's Golf Club, Jennifer Street, Little Bay
Watch the SCIA AGM live on Thursday 28 November at 3pm here: https://www.thestreamingguys.com.au/production/scia-agm-281119/
The AGM is a great opportunity to learn about how our services help people living with a spinal cord injury and to ask questions directly to our Board of Directors regarding the future of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) and the disability sector in general.
Complimentary afternoon tea will be provided with SCIA staff and directors available during this time.
The venue is wheelchair accessible, and has parking available. We can provide travel assistance to and from the event for those wanting to attend.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 819 775 by Thursday 21st November.
If you are unable to attend, we are live streaming the event on our website.
Please note that the streaming will not be interactive and you will not be able to vote.
If you cannot attend the AGM we have the following forms available to download and use to vote:
Please email them to Jemma Smyth, SCIA Company Secretary.
You can also read our financial statements online. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact the Company Secretary via email or phone 1800 819 775.
Petition for Over 65s with Disability
Australians who are over 65 years old and living with a disability are severely disadvantaged. They do not currently have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Under aged care, people who have extensive care needs, such as people who have quadriplegia are insufficiently funded.
Regardless of age, people over the age of 65 with a disability should be entitled to access NDIS benefits to support them in receiving the care they require.
A petition is now open, to draw to the attention of the House that legislative changes are required to eliminate discrimination of older people with a disability.
Please sign this petition to show your support. Closing date for signatures is 13 November 2019.
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