The National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is an annual event designed to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and other neurological injuries and support people who have suffered from these injuries. This month, which has been designated as every September, is designed to help bring hope and understanding to those recovering from an accident that left them with an injury that can affect their daily lives. People can get involved in the National Spinal Cord Awareness month by organizing and supporting community events, creating a pool of resources for spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors and their families, promoting injury prevention through education, and participating in sponsored events.
Organizing & Supporting Community Events
Special events for National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month may include fundraising activities, walks, or drives in school and community settings. Educational sessions can be used to help people better understand spinal cord injuries and how they can help support individuals who live with SCIs. Educational sessions encourage the listeners to become active in the community and raise awareness among their peers, family members, and friends. They will not only be able to share the information with others but can also financially support and assist research that can lead to preventable treatments and rehabilitative services throughout the country.
Creating a Pool of Resources for SCI Survivors & Their Families
SCI survivors and their families often want to affiliate with a national or local organization to get better treatment and research options. A newly created SCI survivors' group or a local chapter of an already existing spinal cord injury organization can act as the facilitator to make that connection. Funding is always needed for research projects and clinical trials, especially in the early stages of research. This way, the survivors can become more self-reliant and work together for common goals such as funding research and promoting awareness about spinal cord injuries.
Promoting Injury Prevention Through Education
National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is a great opportunity to create a video or presentation promoting injury prevention in children and adults. Some of these initiatives include promoting proper helmet use for bicycling or rollerblading, encouraging safe play in the yard with proper supervision, and providing tips on how to assist individuals after a fall to reduce preventable secondary injuries associated with spinal cord injuries. Although it is important to educate children about SCI safety, it is also important to create educational resources for elders. Seniors are the most at-risk for a serious fall accident that results in serious injuries like an SCI.
Participating in Sponsored Events
Participating in events like marathons or triathlons is essential to raise money for a research institute devoted to finding treatments for spinal cord injuries. Such events will help pay for research that can be made accessible to people who need it most. Furthermore, this may help promote awareness among people who may not know that a spinal cord injury can affect anyone and in different ways, such as by raising funds for individuals suffering from the side effects of antibiotic treatment or other medications that can make them more susceptible to injuries as well as causing disabilities.
Fulmer Sill Promotes SCI Awareness
At Fulmer Sill, our team of catastrophic injury attorneys has worked with many clients who suffered spinal cord injuries in accidents that were not their fault. Our secondhand experience with these life-changing injuries has driven us to do what we can to make sure as few of them as possible happen. We proudly observe National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and do our part by spreading the word about it, such as with this very blog entry.
If you want to join Fulmer Sill as we observe National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month—no matter what month of the year it is currently—please consider sharing this blog with your friends, family, and coworkers. You can make a quick social media post talking about SCI awareness, too. Or, consider hosting or joining one of the events and participation methods we discussed above. Every little effort adds up to a big difference, so we thank you for whatever you can do.
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