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#BeAHero2020: The Heroes of SCIA
We are still blown away by the level of support for this year's Be A Hero campaign.
106 Heroes signed up to help our national exercise service NeuroMoves and smashed our original target of $50,000 within the first week! We raised the target to $65,000, and our Heroes swooped in and smashed that target too!
We're on the verge of $80,000, and we want to thank and acknowledge all of our participants, donors and our NeuroMoves teams for making this happen.
Participants from across Australia harnessed their unique superhero abilities to walk, wheel, box, lift, crawl and ski their way through September.
Check out some of our Heroes from this year's campaign.
Head to BeAHero.scia.org.au to support these legends!
2020 Election of the Board of Directors
Shape the future of SCIA by becoming a Board Member
Nominations are called for the following positions on the Board of Directors for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA):
- Three Directors
Only members who are eligible to vote may be nominated for, or elected to any office of the Board of SCIA.
Members who are employed by SCIA cannot be nominated. Nominations must be in writing and must be signed by two members of the company and include the consent in writing of the nominee as per the SCIA Constitution. If you require a copy mailed to you please contact the Company Secretary.
In case of the need for an electronic ballot, due to there being more nominations than the available positions, nomination forms must be accompanied by a profile statement (in a Word format A4 with a word count no more than 200 words) and a photo from the nominee. This statement should include details about the nominee's qualifications, experience, biographical notes, vision, commitments, etc.
Download the 2020 Election of the Board of Directors nomination form.
Nomination forms must be received by Shirley Carpenter, Company Secretary, by 5pm Thursday 22 October, 2020.
#SCIAW2020: NeuroMoves Adelaide client Hayley shares her story
NeuroMoves Adelaide client, Hayley Sands, shares her story with the NDIS, as part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. The South Australian is continuing to work towards her goals from the comfort of her own home.
Now 20, Hayley was 13 when she suffered a whiplash injury after diving into a pool, resulting in tetraplegia.
Although she has feeling in her whole body she was unable to move her body much until she started with NeuroMoves, which has given her increased upper limb and upper body strength through regular weekly sessions.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week: September 7 - 13
This year's Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week highlights a very important message: Accessibility equals opportunity.
Access is not only about physically accessing venues and services, it's about providing a comprehensive, accurate information for people to be able to find quickly and easily.
Information is key to making society a better, more inclusive, place and empowering everyone within it.
As businesses and tourism destinations recover from the impact of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to provide people with spinal cord damage the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their local communities.
When a community is accessible, everybody wins.
During the week we will be updating you with information to empower you to make more informed choices and things you can do to help pave the way to better accessibility.
Here are some tips and recommendations:
- Advocacy is one of our most powerful ways to make sure that people know how important access is, whether out and about out in the privacy of our own homes. SCIA's Policy and Advocacy team is always on hand to advise you on systemic, individual, family and self advocacy access matters.
- Do you have a public access concern? Don't wait. Approach your local council and ask to speak to a disability access officer, or someone who is specific to disability access and inclusion. Find your local council contact information for New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Tasmania. Our Policy and Advocacy team will be able to assist you making contact with your LGA if needed.
- Our Peer & Family Support team share their thoughts about how access has changed for them since their injuries. Watch their video.
- Want to know about the National Disability Strategy? Read the Australian Local Government Association's Disability Inclusion Planning - A Guide for Local Government
- Knowledge about accessible travel accommodation is extremely important. Accessible Accommodation covers accommodation for all mobility needs.
- Beach accessibility is one of our most popular topics. Everyone deserves to be able to access public spaces. Accessible Beaches have provided a comprehensive directory to accessible beaches right across the country.
- Accessibility to specialised services, such as exercise physiology, is incredibly important. NeuroMoves Adelaide client, Hayley Sands, shared her story about how our NeuroMoves service helped her after her spinal cord injury.
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