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This is from our friends at KARRN (Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network). They are holding a one day summit for their state on May 10th for anyone in their state living with SCI.
The Mission of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is to hold an unprecedented one-day meeting to gather individuals with SCI from around the Commonwealth on Friday, May 10th, 2013 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.
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:
• 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.
For more information you can contact either Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation (KARRN) Director Patrick Kitzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Director Beth Hunter at email@example.com .
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