Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week

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Media Release 04 September 2017

ParaQuad Tasmania challenges perceptions of life with a spinal cord injury 

ParaQuad Tasmania has issued a challenge to the community – forget what you think you know about spinal cord injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week will be held from 4 – 10 September, aiming to combat misconceptions by showcasing the daily lives of people who have an injury.

The national week is an initiative of the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance, which represents eight of the country’s largest spinal cord injury organisations.

Alliance organisations, including ParaQuad Tasmania will be undertaking activities to promote understanding throughout the wider community.

ParaQuad Tasmania Chairman, David Cawthorn said the week would empower people with a spinal cord injury to share their stories.

“We are sharing just a small insight into the daily lives of people who have a spinal cord injury, to increase community understanding,” he said.

“Our members are all individuals living their lives and achieving their goals. They are parents, employees, athletes, volunteers, active community members and much more.

“By learning more about a person’s daily life, we hope to encourage everyone to consider how they could reduce obstacles for people who have a spinal cord injury.”

International Spinal Cord Injury Day also takes place during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week on Tuesday 5 September. The day is an initiative of the International Spinal Cord Society, promoting disability inclusion throughout the world.

The Australian Spinal Injury Alliance is a national voice for the estimated 15,000 Australians who have a spinal cord injury.

ParaQuad Tasmania supports people who have a spinal cord injury through education programs in schools, advocacy for people with physical disability, providing sport and recreation opportunities,  accessible accommodation and peer support services.

Visit sciaw.com.au to watch campaign videos and find out more.


Carmel Clark

Association Coordinator

03 6251 1986

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