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From the Chicago Tribune about a new website, FacingDisability.com, a website dedicated for families facing spinal cord injuries.
These are among the more than 100 people featured in on-camera interviews for FacingDisability.com, a multimedia-rich website launched in 2011 by nine-time Emmy Award-winning Chicago broadcast producer Thea Flaum.
"We're like a virtual support group for people who have had spinal cord injuries," Flaum said. "The idea is that a viewer can come to our site and find a real person who can provide answers to very specific questions about spinal cord injuries."
What makes FacingDisability.com so unique is the breadth of information it provides to an online viewer. Flaum and her assistants created a list of 48 questions and then conducted on-camera interviews, not just with people who suffered spinal cord injuries, but also their mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses, children and experts in the field.
The questions ranged from the personal ("What was your greatest fear?"; "What was the hardest part of rehab?"; "Are you happy?") to the technical ("What are pressure sores?"; "What kind of surgery is common after a spinal cord injury?"). Flaum's group edited the responses into more than 1,000 individual videos on the site, which has answers to just about every question imaginable about dealing with paralyzing injury.
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