Becoming paralyzed is a traumatic event that dramatically changes every dimension of one’s life, and it’s helpful to have others to share these experiences with. The process of transitioning well and adapting into this new life takes time, and can be made easier in the context of community.
Given the vast array of resources in the Portland area, greater coordination within the SCI community would benefit individuals and families facing this tough transition. Oregon SCI is a community-based health initiative strengthening the vibrant regional SCI network. We draw on the social capital that the community already possesses.
We strive to better coordinate institutional and informal resources to help those who are newly injured transition smoothly.