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Inaugural Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury

May 10th, 2013 from 9:00 to 4:00
The Lexington Convention Center (next to Rupp Arena)

Mission:
The Mission of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is to hold an unprecedented one-day meeting (Summit) to gather individuals with SCI from around the Commonwealth to discuss the critical issues that are important to them and to draft an agenda to be used to legislate change in our Commonwealth for people with SCI.

Need:
Organizations, outreach programs and specialized medical care providers for individuals with chronic SCI in the Commonwealth of Kentucky have traditionally been unorganized and without a common mission. Importantly, while current outreach efforts appear to have some impact for SCI individuals in urban areas, we wish to build cohesion among this community of individuals throughout the Commonwealth by expansion into the more rural areas. The Community of individuals with SCI and their support systems can be a strong advocacy group given the right organizational structure. It is time we brought our issues to the forefront to make all of Kentucky aware of the needs of this group.

Topics of Discussion at this Congress:

  • Healthcare
  • Parking/transport
  • Accessibility issues
  • Equipment and technology
  • Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation

Expected Outcomes for this Inaugural Congress on SCI:

  • Establishment of a unified SCI community in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Develop an actual agenda to be used to legislate change in our Commonwealth for people with SCI.
  • Develop work groups from the participants to move this SCI agenda forward.

**Registration for this FREE event will open in early February 2013. Note: Space is limited at the Convention Center.

For more information you can contact either Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation (KARRN) Director Patrick Kitzman at phkitz1@email.uky.edu or Assistant Director Beth Hunter at egh1@cardinalhill.org .

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