The holiday season is upon us, and as we celebrate togetherness in our own way, SCIA has put together information, with the help of our internal and external experts, to help you stay active, healthy, informed and safe if you can travel.

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Here are some topics we want to share with you that we hope can help you not just for the holiday season, but anytime of the year:

• Staying active during the festive season can be difficult. However, it promotes better circulation, lowers blood pressure and keeps you fit and healthy! Our NeuroMoves team have come up with an exercise plan even you can stick to! Why not give it a go?

• Holidays can become a very indulgent time! Qualified nutritionist, Amy Savage, shares her tips on how to keep good habits and stay healthy over the festive season.

• At the moment, life is unpredictable. However, when the time is right, that shouldn’t prevent you from getting out there and experiencing the adventure of travel. Kerry Williams, founder of Accessible Accommodation, and soon to launch Accessible Experiences, gives her top six tips for travellers with a disability, with important considerations for COVID.

• NeuRA (Neuroscience Research Australia) research into Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) has been shown to improve lung function by around 30% in people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). In collaboration with the Prince of Wales Hospital, two training videos for people with SCI, therapists, carers and clinicians have been produced to teach you how to perform IMT safely and effectively in the community.

• Are you prepared? The Physical Disability Council of New South Wales developed an emergency readiness website called I’m Okay, which provides information and tools that are useful and practical to assist people with a disability to prepare for emergency situations including bushfires, storms and personal safety. Read their action plan steps, tools and resources and why you should be emergency ready for if, and when, the time comes.

• Looking for things to do during the big break? Disability Support Guide has provided a list of Summer holiday activities for kids with a disability. You can find something to do outdoors, somewhere to escape the heat or maybe you’d like to learn a new skill. They have put together an Australia wide list to help you decide!