September marks National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness month, a time dedicated to educating the public about spinal cord injuries and to promote research to enhance the quality of life for people with SCIs.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Facts & Figures
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are an estimated 247,000 to 358,000 people living with SCIs in the United States. In addition, there are approximately 17,700 new SCI cases a year – a number that doesn’t include individuals who don’t survive the incidents that resulted in the SCI.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of SCIs, followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports and recreation activities. The average age of injury for those with SCIs is 42 years old, and almost 80% of new SCI cases are male.
How to get involved in National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month was established in 2014 based on U.S. Senate Resolution 533. While the resolution was significant, there are many ways throughout the month that communities, including advocates and employers, can get involved and raise awareness about SCIs:
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Upcoming National Diversity and Disability Inclusion Event
It’s not too late to plan 2019 celebratory events and campaigns. Getting Hired has a list of some of the top diversity and inclusion events to consider for the rest of your 2019 planning, including National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.
For more information about National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, feel free to contact the Getting Hired team.