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1.10. Getting your life back after Spinal Cord Injury

Getting your life back after spinal cord injury: Finding meaning through volunteering, school and work

This SCI Forum, presented on February 12, 2008 at the University of Washington Medical Center, consisted of five separate parts: four presentations and a panel discussion. Each part is offered as a separate video. Click on a link below to watch a video.

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  • Part 1: Introduction and overview, by Steve Stiens, MD, associate professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington. How do people define and achieve success, satisfaction and happiness?

  • Part 2: Getting back into your community, by Michael Donofree, vocational rehabilitation counselor, Veterans Administration. Some ways to contribute to your community while enhancing your quality of life through school, work and volunteering.

  • Part 3: Vocational rehabilitation, by Tracy Zajac, vocational rehabilitation counselor, Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Zajac, who has a spinal cord injury, talks about her own post-injury training and employment and outlines the process of obtaining services from the DVR.

  • Part 4: Return to work: Facts and figures, by Matt Davis, MD, SCI Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington. This presentation discusses research into the factors that affect the likelihood that a person will become employed after spinal cord injury.

  • Part 5: Panel discussion, six individuals with SCI talk about their adjustment to living with SCI and how they moved forward and found their passions in life.

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