September celebrates Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), this resolution aims to emphasize the state of health care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries and highlights the advances that have yet to be made and honors those living with a spinal cord injury.
Every 48 seconds in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, and sports injuries. There are approximately 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.
According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don’t cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.
Living with a spinal cord injury does not mean the end of living; it means changing the way you live. From housing, employment, transportation, sports and recreation – there are organizations in Richmond that offer “information and opportunities” for people with disabilities to regain their freedom to enjoy their favorite activities.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Enabling veterans with spinal cord injury and disease to live beyond their injury. With them, veterans can face any task in front of them without fear, because of the encouragement and support that this organization provides.
Positive Vibe Café
Dedicated to training and employment people with disabilities in food services.
R.E.A.P. Richmond Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
A nonprofit organization focused on providing comprehensive job training and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities – Real People, Real Jobs, Real Hope.
Ride-Away of Richmond
Ride-Away is one of the America’s largest providers of wheelchair vans, vehicle modifications, and adaptive equipment including hand controls, wheelchair and scooter lifts, ramps, raised doors, lowered floors and specialized gas, brake and steering controls.
Spinal Cord Injury of Virginia
Quality of Life Grants, Housing, Employment, Travel & Transportation, Sports & Recreation.
Sportable exists is to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport: Air rifle, Archery, Basketball, Cycling, Fencing, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Para triathlon, Rowing, Soccer, Strength and Conditioning, Swimming, Tennis and Track Club.
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia
Ms Wheelchair Virginia educates, advocates, and raises awareness of the abilities and needs of the disability community in order to influence attitudinal, architectural, and social change for all Virginians.
Spinal Cord Injury does not mean the end of life, but the beginning of new opportunities and adventures.
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