Resources Library News October 2019


Featuring new developments and news about spinal cord injury, 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

23 October 2019: New Biomaterial Developed That Could Be a Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries. In research published today (October 23, 2019) in Nature Communications, an interdisciplinary team from Rensselaer demonstrated how estrogen — a natural hormone produced in the body — can be polymerized into a slow-releasing biomaterial and applied to nervous system cells to protect those cells and even promote regeneration.

3 October 2019: Neuroprosthetic and Exoskeleton Allow Tetraplegic Patient to Move. For the first time, a tetraplegic patient was able to walk and control both arms using this neuroprosthetic, which records, transmits, and decodes brain signals in real-time to control an exoskeleton. The results of a clinical study under the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Project at Clinatec were published on 4 October 2019 in The Lancet Neurology journal and provide proof of concept for controlling a four-limb exoskeleton. Link to article in journal.

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. 

Abilities - Canadian Abilities Foundation

  • Fall 2019
    • Diversity in front of and behind the camera
    • Improving accessibility


AbleThrive - (Tips, advice, stories)

  • 2 October 2019 update
    • Operating a cattle farm as a quadriplegic
    • Perspective on asking for help as a pwd


Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia (ATSA)


Carers NSW


Centre for Universal Design Australia (CUDA)


Disability Horizons


Disability Services Consulting

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Every Australian Counts


Facing Disabilty


Forward (Spinal Injuries Association UK)




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


NDIS News from


New Mobility (United Spinal Association, US)

  • Biweekly newsletter 16 Oct 2019
    • Exoskeleton Controlled by Brain-Machine Interface - From “this is creepy” and “I want feeling back, not a clunky robot,” to “I think it is good progress,” reactions to a video of a French quadriplegic controlling a full-body exoskeleton with his brain generated a lively discussion
    • Rehab After Shoulder Surgery
    • Recovering From Bed Confinement - After six-months of bed rest — the result of a pressure sore requiring flap surgery — Tim Gilmer found himself in a place where a simple transfer was as arduous as a Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Here’s a first-hand report on how seemingly small things like range of motion and posture can make a big difference for regaining your independence.
  • Biweekly newsletter 2 Oct 2019
    • Untangling spinal cord complications
    • The experience of falconry
    • Intrepid Exploration With Manu Heras


Physical Disability Council NSW (PDCN)


Spire - AQA Victoria

  • Newslink Oct 2019
    • Putting your wheelchair accessible vehicle onto a car share scheme
    • Peer Health coaching trial
    • Married life with a young family and a spinal cord injury (SCI).


United Spinal Association (US)


Topic of the Month

Click on the link to read resources the library has gathered on all things to do with shoulder injuries and solutions for repair.   

New Books, Articles, Websites added to the Resources 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. 

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