Everyone Deserves Opportunities to Thrive

Andrew Skinner julio 19, 2023 News, Noteworthy, SCI

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation strives for a future where individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.

Read their recent article below featuring one of our Moving Forward Grant recipients.

"Every person with a spinal cord injury tells a different story about their initially overwhelming experience and how they learned to thrive. Those early weeks, post-injury, can be scary, frustrating, and tough, but the adversity can drive some to become advocates and mentors, empowering others to view their lives with fresh inspiration. Regardless of a person’s age, gender, or socioeconomic status, it should be possible—and easier—to find organizations dedicated to providing resources, guidance, activities, and paths to employment and education. The Neilsen Foundation partners with organizations that provide services and programs that help people as they learn about and evolve their new normal to live life with a spinal cord injury (SCI) to its fullest.

Sometimes it can feel like a fight to get the resources that we’d all assume are in place to support people and families following a traumatic injury, but there is support available. In addition to care coordinators helping the newly injured get the medical support they need, mentors with lived experience can share how they have overcome their own struggles, provide resources and tips on returning to life at home and in the community, and offer guidance through difficult times."

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