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2021/09/30

SCIA CEO features in The CEO Magazine

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia’s (SCIA) CEO Dianne Lucas was featured in The CEO Magazine to talk about the challenge of convincing society to think outside of the false narratives that have been spun about disability, from their personality, outlook and their abilities.

Excerpt:

For Dianne Lucas, CEO of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA), it’s fundamental to the important work being done in the sector to educate individuals and companies on attitudes to people living with disability. “The biggest misconception we face is that what has happened to a particular individual is more than just an injury, that something else about them has changed,” she explains. “In the vast majority of cases, people can still do what they did before in every way, apart from aspects of getting around. People’s capabilities haven’t changed – they’re still the same person, able to do real work and participate in society the same way the rest of us can.”

Read the full article here.

2021/09/21

Goals and Dreams

People with disabilities from all over Australia who have such amazing stories and have trained and worked so hard to achieve their goals and dreams.

For some those goals and dreams have resulted in medals. For others, just being able to represent their country and compete is an incredible achievement. I am so proud of each and every one of them.

We want to share with you the uplifting story of one of our long term and valued team leaders, Fabian Blattman.

Fabian is a Paralympic legend, winning five gold, five silver and six bronze medals across four Paralympics Games and many World Championships as well as being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for Dedication to Sport following his gold medal performance at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics. 

Fabian described Sydney as the best Paralympics and his highlight was winning gold in the Men’s 400m T51.

“There were 40,000 people in the stands on the day that I won my gold medal. It was an incredibly moving experience to be on the podium singing the Australian national anthem with my friends and family there to witness the rewards of all the hard work.”

Fabian’s story is a wonderful example of what is possible; striving for your goals and dreams, no matter what the barrier or challenge and achieving incredible things.

Every day we meet and help people in the spinal units, in the community, at our NeuroMoves gyms or in our workplace – who, irrespective of where they are in their  journey, are all achieving incredible things.

In Australia, a spinal cord injury happens every 38 hours.
It can happen in seconds, but the impact lasts a lifetime. In an instant their world will change forever.

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