Welcome to the Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resources page. We assembled the content on this page to provide a convenient, all-in-one resource for spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors. Do you have a resource in mind? Click on the link for it in the list below:
One of the first things that a spinal cord injury survivor and their loved ones should consider after getting ...
One of the first things that a spinal cord injury survivor and their loved ones should consider after getting emergency treatment is to reach out to an SCI support group. These groups are full of people who have been through what you’re going through now—so they’ll be able to help you cope with the changes that a spinal cord injury brings into your life.
Beyond the emotional help that a support group may provide, they’re also a great source of day-to-day advice that you might not get from doctors or social workers.
Check out the list of spinal cord injury support groups in Florida here!
Activity-based therapy, or ABT, is the name for a range of therapeutic exercises and activities that are used ...
Activity-based therapy, or ABT, is the name for a range of therapeutic exercises and activities that are used to help people recover and rehabilitate from serious injuries. In SCI cases, activity-based therapy can help to strengthen the body and improve mood to fight off depression. These exercise and activity routines are often held at activity-based therapy centers.
Click on the link to find a map of activity-based therapy centers in Florida (and the rest of the USA).
The Florida Department of Health offers a Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program to, “Provide all eligible ...
The Florida Department of Health offers a Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program to, “Provide all eligible Florida residents who sustain a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury the opportunity to obtain the necessary services that will enable them to return to an appropriate level of functioning in their community.”
If you’re curious about the program, you can contact the Program Director and the President/CEO to learn more:
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support
|Where:||Florida Department of Health|
|Postal Mail:||4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C-25|
There are other brain and spinal cord injury programs beyond the ones offered by the Florida Department of ...
There are other brain and spinal cord injury programs beyond the ones offered by the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center (FSCIRC) has its own Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (which they abbreviate BSCIP). As they state on their website, FSCIRC operates as, “The statewide clearinghouse of SCI resource information for persons who have survived an SCI, their families and friends, healthcare professionals, support groups, the media, and the general public.”
Their BSCIP program provides services and resources to Florida residents all throughout the state, helping survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury gain the resources they need to enter vocational rehabilitation and get their lives back in order.
Two key features of the Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center’s program are:
FSCIRC’s BSCIP program is publicly funded through a trust fund that is drawn from, “Fines levied for speeding, driving or boating under the influence, and surcharges on temporary license plates,” and acts as a payer of last resort for SCI and TBI survivors who may not otherwise be able to afford proper care and rehabilitation services.
The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) is a program funded by the Florida Department of Health’s ...
The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) is a program funded by the Florida Department of Health’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program. FDOA provides education and outreach to TBI and SCI survivors throughout the state of Florida—much of which regards recreation opportunities that help to enrich your life after an injury.
Their flagship education and outreach effort is the SportsAbility event, which “showcases recreation opportunities for people of all abilities.”
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) offers a program to help provide “needed supports and ...
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) offers a program to help provide “needed supports and services in order to delay or prevent institutionalization.” This program is the Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Waiver. The AHCA’s program helps SCI and TBI survivors to continue living in their own homes and lead active lives as a part of the community—covering a wide variety of activities ranging from assistive technologies to physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Traumatic brain injury is defined by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) as “an acquired injury to the ...
Traumatic brain injury is defined by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) as “an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects educational performance.” TBIs can be every bit as debilitating to survivors as SCIs, but can be even more difficult to properly identify and diagnose.
To help TBI survivors cope with the effects of their injuries, the Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) works to act as a “safety net for survivors of brain injury and their families” and to “help guide survivors and their families, free of charge, to people, agencies and resources to help meet their needs and achieve their goals.”
The BIAF website has a variety of resources to help TBI survivors and their loved ones learn how to cope with injuries, find support groups, and advocate for the rights and needs of TBI survivors. In this way, BIAF is similar to FSCIRC, but with a specialty in helping the survivors of traumatic brain injuries.
One of the biggest questions that many SCI survivors have after suffering an injury is: “Where can I find a ...
One of the biggest questions that many SCI survivors have after suffering an injury is: “Where can I find a personal injury lawyer to help me with my case?” Personal injury cases involving spinal cord injuries in Florida are more complex than a typical accident, requiring the highest level of expertise in organizing and presenting evidence in court.
Finding the right attorney to help you file your personal injury case can take a huge load off your shoulders—allowing you to focus on rest and recovery while the legal experts handle the complex legal work. Even when the SCI case seems simple, having a lawyer can help remove obstacles and maximize compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, cover lost income, and improve your overall quality of life.
Check out our When to Get a Lawyer guide for more information about the challenges of pursuing a spinal cord injury case and how a lawyer can help.
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