Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois
A Chapter of the United Spinal Association
May 2017 
Join us for our 
13th Annual Golf Outing! 
July 26, 2017
We are currently accepting sponsors, donations, and golfers. Look for your invitation in June! Hope to see you there.
Contact us at 708-671-1808 or
for more information on how to sponsor or make a donation.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 8, 2017

We are thrilled to have our team, Run For Those Who Roll, participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2017. If you have your own marathon entry, you can still join our team! 
Its easy to support our runner!

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Calendar of Events
Sat., May 20 & Sun., May 21
Spring Art Festival at Oak Brook Center

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 5pm
Speaker: A-Z Mobility
Christ Hospital Support Group
Oak Lawn, IL 

Marianjoy Spinal Cord Resource Group
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6-7:30pm
Wheaton, IL

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
SCIA Golf Outing 
Gleneagles Country Club
Lemont, IL 

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Come cheer on our team!

For Sale 
Invacare TDX SC Power Wheelchair
Seat is 18'' wide x 19'' long
100% complete with charger, owners manual, extra head rest, table, drink holder. Can tilt and recline. Located in Chicagoland south suburbs. 
Are you an Amazon shopper? Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois whenever you shop AmazonSmile.   Visit  www.smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3149036 and select SCIA as your charity of choice. Its easy and won't cost you a penny!
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*Remember SCIA when making any memorial contributions or honoring birthdays, weddings, graduations, or other special occasions. Contact us for memorial contribution envelopes.
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Good To Know
Spring Art Festival Returns to Oak Brook Center

Amdur Productions is delighted to announce the fourth annual Spring Art Festival at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, Illinois. This year's festival will showcase the work of dozens of juried artists from across the country.
Amdur's Green Ribbon Project is a program where artists select a of their piece of work and donate a portion of the sale to a charity. SCIA has been chosen to participate in this event. 
The art festival will have activities for children and entertainment for the whole family and it takes place, rain or shine!

WHILL: WeDrive

WHILL is thrilled to announce WeDrive, a free, online community for mobility device users. WeDrive connects WHILL Personal EV owners with people interested in trying mobility devices to independently set up test drives and share experiences in an authentic environment. 


Schedule a Test Drive in 5 Easy Steps

1.  Sign up  for WeDrive
2. Find a Community Driver best fit for you
3. Send the Community Driver a request to test drive
4. Set a time and place
5. Experience a whole new Personal EV

Info From Kessler Foundation

Below is the contact info to request the Bowel Management DVD. You can also view Kessler's video library for other topics related to SCI  https://kesslerfoundation.org/media/video%20podcasts

The Kessler Foundation's  YouTube channel is a great source for members in need of more info  https://www.youtube.com/user/KesslerFoundation

News from New Mobility

On April 3, the Mayo Clinic published the results of a new trial that further validates the effectiveness of epidural stimulation for functional improvement in people with spinal cord injury. In this trial, a 26-year-old, three years out from a motor-complete SCI at T6, regained volitional motor function below his level of injury while using an implanted epidural stimulation device. 

Lenin Moreno was declared the winner of Ecuador's April 2 presidential election, becoming the first person with paraplegia to be elected as a head of state in Latin America.

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair Lights Up the Internet

It's not ready for prime time, but this Swiss stair-climbing chair has captured the imagination of many tech enthusiasts with its forward-thinking design. Words don't quite do it justice - check out the one-minute video.

Apply for the 2017 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
Thanks to a generous contribution from  NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships in 2017.

The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education.

This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Equip for Equality's Employment Rights Helpline

Equip for Equality's Employment Rights Helpline, a service providing free legal advice for employees and job seekers in Illinois. This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust, aims to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Illinois. 
EFE's helpline staff can:
  • Discuss your rights under the ADA
  • Answer your employment rights questions     
  • Assist with reasonable accommodation requests  
  • Help you understand your options
  • Share fact sheets, sample letters and forms
  • Provide referrals
  • Offer other assistance as needed 
Contact Information:
      Voice/Relay: (844) RIGHTS-9 (toll-free) or 
(844) 744-4879 (toll-free)
TTY: (800) 610-2779 (tty)

An Article from New Mobility Magazine

Tomorrow's technology is being tested today, and Rory Cooper works hard to ensure that it will be relevant, even life changing, for wheelchair users. In the pipeline? A stair climbing wheelchair that makes sense in the real world. An elegant solution for weighing yourself. An air-powered chair that works in wet environments. These products and more are emerging from the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, where Cooper leads a team passionate about improving quality of life.

Each year, the spirit of Life Moving Forward is celebrated during the month of May by raising awareness of the many life-changing mobility vehicle solutions available today. As dedicated mobility advocates, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is proud to be a part of this movement.  Visit us online  to find out more about NMEDA and the work we do within your community.
9 Cool New Products for Wheelchair Users


The biggest showcase for professionals in the wheelchair industry unveiled dozens of new products for seating, mobility and related tech. Here are nine worth a deeper look because of unusually lightweight materials, eye-catching looks or extraordinary function.
A new cleaning service

A new cleaning service is available by HouseKeep, a company founded by a paraplegic man. The company uses   green products that are biodegradable and safe to humans/pets - without any harsh chemicals. 

Use special discount code "CHISPRING" for $30 OFF first cleaning that can be used during online checkout.

SCI Support Groups: 
For those who are injured and their families. 
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group
4440 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 5:00pm
Speaker: A-Z Mobility
Rehab Gym 026S 
Ground Floor
Contact  Mercedes Rauen at SCIA
708-671-1808 or sciinjury@aol.com

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hosptial
Lives In Motion
26W171 Roosevelt Road
3rd Floor Therapy Gym
Wheaton, IL 60187
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6-7:30pm
Speaker: Bill Bogdan
Contact Monica Scalise for meeting dates 
and locations

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Homewood
1055 W. 175th Street, Homewood, IL 60430
Meets 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm
Contact Mike Thompson at fishin67@gmail.com
or  Brenda Canning at 312-238-1137

SCI Support Group Rockford IL
Van Matre Rehab Hospital
950 S. Mulford Road 
Rockford, IL 61108
Outpatient Gym
Contact Gemma Fletcher gemma.fletcher@healthsouth.com
Meets the second Wednesday of each month @ 6:00pm

S.C.I.P Support Group
Heartland Health Care Center
444 W. Harrison St
Decatur, IL 
Meets FIRST Thursday of each month 6:00pm
Contact:  Jeff Brinkley jeff@scipgroup.org
Hope Clinic Support Group
3137 Woodward St
Springfield, IL
Contact Christie Davis for more information

SCIA Board of Directors

               President  Steve Burns            
                                Vice President  Beth Gorman                    
      Secretary Stacy Berendt
          Treasurer Patricia Genardo

William Bogden
Patricia Collins
Colleen Glucksmann
Stephanie Krakauer, PT
Annie Krueger
Sarah Milcarek
Patricia Mucia
Mike Pigoni
Chirag Shah, M.D.

Past President
Monica Scalise

Medical/Scientific Advisory Board
Roy Adair, M.D.
William Adair, M.D.
David Chen, M.D.
Michelle Gittler, M.D.
Jeffrey Oken, M.D.
Lawrence Vogel, M.D.

Mercedes Rauen, Executive Director
Kimberly Houston, Administrative Assistant

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