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The December issue of Forward is out now

In this final issue of 2020, we continue the theme of pressure ulcers – what can cause them, how to prevent them and the huge impact they can have if not properly managed. Our new SCI Nurse Specialist Damian Smith gives advice and tips on management, alongside our ‘Stop and Act’ resource launched as part of the worldwide Stop the Pressure campaign.

Also in the health section, we look at adapting to the effects of ageing for walkers with an SCI and hear from our friends at Red Pepper Nutrition about eating well for bowel care.

In the daily living section, two organisations – both set up to support people with disabilities to get the accommodation they need – talk about the importance of accessible housing in helping people lead a fulfilled life. Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire explain how you can get involved in their ongoing research into physical activity and mental wellbeing for people with spinal cord injury.

SIA’s Campaigns team respond to the Government’s Coronavirus Winter Plan for Adult Social Care, a call for a significant increase to social care funding – not least because of the challenges posed by freedom of movement ending with Brexit – and a landmark legal ruling that sets the precedent for people who need special accommodation because of an injury to receive fair compensation to purchase the property.

You can also hear from:

  • SIA member Holly about her decision to launch accessible fashion brand L.able.
  • Writer Chloe McGenn and what inspired her to put pen to paper in her novel ‘Incomplete’.
  • SIA member Mark, who rediscovered his love of boats in record-breaking style.
  • SIA’s Advocacy Manager on preparing for your CHC assessment or appeal by video call.
  • Our fundraising team on the huge difference your support has made to people affected by spinal cord injury over the last 12 months. You can also see highlights from our 2019-20 Annual Review.

After a hugely challenging year, we wish you all a happy Christmas and a brighter outlook for 2021.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement – we appreciate it more than ever during what’s been such a tough time for everyone.

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