Enhancing independence and opportunity for people with Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is a member-based charity working for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Individuals with SCI and similar disability use our services to overcome barriers, achieve goals and live fulfilling lives.
We are run by and for people with SCI – 42% of our staff have a disability and the majority of our Board have SCI.
Our members and clients trust us to work collaboratively and deliver services with integrity, excellence, empathy and sustainability.
Our work has ten focus areas:
- Enhancing people’s functionality and health through exercise
- Offering a one-stop-shop for information on services, advice and support available
- Sharing the lived experience of having an SCI through peer support
- Influencing social change on a systemic and individual level
- Awarding grants for equipment, services or activities that enhance independence or respond to an emergency situation
- Providing care on a one-off, temporary or emergency basis
- Supporting people back into employment, education or training
- Running an Australian Disability Enterprise that employs people with disability and pays full award wages
- Providing accommodation for people transitioning home from hospital, or who need a break.
- Supporting peoples transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and helping them to maximise the benefits offered.