Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) & Paralysis
Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
Medical Resources & Information about SCI and Paralysis
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has created a significant resource-available in 8 languages–for people suffering from SCI and paralysis. Some of the site’s special features include:
- An extensive, illustrated online tutorial about the central nervous system and spinal cord damage, including a glossary of SCI terms.
- A special web page for the “newly paralyzed”-providing critical information for victims as well as family and friends who may be helping someone deal with the recent onset of paralysis.
- Local listings for SCI and paralysis facilities, where you can search within a specific radius of a zip code or by state.
- A FREE “Paralysis Resource Guide” (PRG), a 336-page book that you can preview online. To order the guide, call 1-800-539-7309.
- Regular updates on new and ongoing SCI research projects.
- A free specialized web browser with various keyboard and mouse replacement alternatives to help people with physical limitations gain online access.
- A robust lending library of over 3,600 items–including books, videos, CDs and magazines. Use their online catalog to search using a variety of criteria. Information is also available for children.
In addition, here are other notable resources for learning about or dealing with SCI injuries, paralysis and rehabilitation:
Causes, Complications, and Stages of Treatment:
- The Mayo Clinic’s website provides easy-to-read information about the causes of spinal cord Injuries, complications that can result from SCI, and what to expect in the various stages of treatment
Choosing a Rehabilitation Center:
- BrainandSpinalChord.org provides recommendations about important factors to consider when selecting an SCI rehabilitation center
- www.SCI-Info-Pages.com has organized SCI rehabilitation centers in a state-by-state directory
Information and Support from Other Paralyzed SCI Victims:
Apparelyzed was founded in 1993 by Simon, a quadriplegic, who has created a very comprehensive resource. He provides well-written and well- organized content that includes:
- A medical overview with links to additional information about SCI, paralysis and health issues.
- Discussion boards covering a wide range of topics, including spouse and career issues, sports for the disabled, and wheelchair-accessible holiday destinations.