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Resources Library News October 2017


Featuring new developments and news about spinal cord injury and disability, magazines and newsletters, interesting articles from academic journals and details of new resources that have recently been added to the library.

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News from the media and around the Internet

Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

For more news visit SCIA's news pages, the SCIA Facebook page or if you would like to learn how to set up Google Alerts which are a great way to monitor what is going on in the world of disability and spinal cord injury contact the library and we'll show you how.

Magazines, Journals, Newsletters, Blogs

Click on the links to read the articles in full or to view the magazine table of contents. If you would like to read any of the articles that are featured from the magazine table of contents, let us know the details and we will send the article to you.


AbleThrive - (Tips, advice, stories)

  • 25 Oct 2017
    • Advice to parents from a daughter with SCI
    • Book review: We Can Go Everywhere - a must-read for any parents with disabilities who have young children.
  • 18 Oct 2017
    • Sex positions for men with paralysis
    • Finding balance as caregiver
    • Online dating with a disability
    • Protect your skin with foam dressings
  • 12 Oct 2017
    • Sand, Sun, Sea - a beach day on wheels
    • Accessibility in Argentina
  • 4 Oct 2017 - How to live with passion and purpose
    • Paraplegic's positivity Impacts Lives
    • How to sit up from a lying down position without using your abs
    • Finding the courage to ask for help  

Australasian Spinal Cord Injury Network

Carers NSW

Disability Horizons

  • 26 Oct 2017
    • Assistive technology: the top dictation apps.
  • 19 Oct 2017
    • The disabled gamers manual. Philip Hoare, an avid gamer who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), runs through the best accessibility features on a whole host of consoles and games, so you too can enjoy.
    • Disability and travel: adaptive camping and accessible adventures

Every Australian Counts

Facing Disabilty

  • Oct 2017 Newsletter
    • Blog: ROLLING ROLE MODELS By Ben Mattlin
    • Opinion: Living with a spinal cord injury
    • Read: Spinal cord injury: the first 90 days 

Forward (Spinal Injuries Association UK)

  • Issue 141 October 2017
    • Urinary catheter care what does the evidence say?
    • Health conditions to be aware of as you age
    • Visiting Cyprus


Link - This weeks What's news in Disability and Monthly magazine

NDIS News from

New Mobility (United Spinal Association, US)

  • 17 Oct 2017 Biweekly Newsletter
    • An Accessible Alternative to Airbnb
    • Pimp my wheelchair
    • The Quad Father of Tech
  • 4 Oct 2017 Biweekly Newsletter
    • Independence a quad's definition  
    • Look Ma, no crutches! - take a look at a French company that is developing an exoskeleton capable of letting paras walk without crutch assistance
    • Fall 2017 new product releases 

Spire - AQA Victoria

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)

Articles of interest from Academic journals

Taking back a little of what you have lost: the meaning of using an Environmental Control System (ECS) for people with high cervical spinal cord injury
Michele Verdonck, Maeve Nolan & Gill Chard
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 
Pages: 1-6 | 2017

Topic of the Month

The library collects books and articles written by people talking about their experiences and life with a spinal cord injury.  

New Books, Articles, Websites added to Library

To borrow any of the books listed please contact the library or ph 1800 819 775. To see what else has been recently added to the library, click on Lists on the black bar on the home page of the library. 

About the Resources Library

SCIA's Resources Library provides a comprehensive collection of resources relating to spinal cord injury and disability - you can search or browse by subject to all of the material in the library. Discover new resources, forums, websites, blogs and places that you can visit to share your experiences and learn from others. We are always on the lookout for new material to be added to the collection so if you come across something that you think the library should have please let us know. 

Library contacts and further assistance

If you have had a good look around the library and the Resources pages on our website and can’t find the information you are looking for, our staff are very happy to help you. We can be contacted on email or give us a call on 1800 819 775.

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Share your experiences and learn from others in...

  • AbleThrive (Content curated from all around the world)
  • CareCure Community Forum
  • Facing Disability (More than 1,000 videos of family members answering real-life questions about how they cope with a spinal cord injury).
  • Inspired - Spinal Cord Injury Support Community
  • Life after spinal cord injury from Ripple Productions
  • Mad Spaz Club (where all the cool wheelchair people hang out!)
  • Personal stories collection from the SCIA Resources Library
  • SCIA Facebook page
  • (Sex, Intimacy and SCI forum)
  • SPINALpedia (A social mentoring and video network for the sci community)
  • Spire (AQA Victoria) - peer facilitated supports and resources
  • SCIA's What Next? video series on You Tube (Wheelchair skills, driving, assistance dogs, cooking, home automation and more....)
  • Travel stories - the SCIA library collects travel stories - read about other people's adventures and get inspired
  • Youcan: You can do anything. A global collaborative community for and by people with disabilities. Read other people's personal stories, add your own or shop for products.

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