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Leading Australian law firm Slater and Gordon has announced it will proudly continue its sponsorship of the groundbreaking disability advocacy service, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).
The $30,000 sponsorship will help support Little Bay-based SCIA and the range of services it provides including accommodation, peer support and advocacy.
NSW Motor Vehicle Accident Practice Group Leader Genevieve Henderson said the partnership was an important one.
“At Slater and Gordon many of us work with clients everyday who are suffering spinal cord injuries as a result of traumatic accidents,” Ms Henderson said.
“This partnership gives us the opportunity to help support and advocate for those clients, as well as others like them, long after their cases have been resolved.
“We are privileged to have the opportunity to connect with the disabled community and demonstrate our commitment to SCIAs goals of getting people back on track after spinal cord injury.”
Peter Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is facilitating the partnership with Slater and Gordon.
“A spinal cord injury can be life altering. By partnering with SCIA, Slater and Gordon will help those directly impacted by traumatic spinal cord injury and their loved ones,” Mr Perry said.
SCIA is a member-based enterprise that was formed in 1967 by a group of young men hospitalised with spinal cord injuries caused by traumatic accidents.
For those men the future held only two possibilities: continued hospitalisation or relocation to an aged-care facility. However, through their determination to hold onto their pre-accident lives, they forged a new path – one involving homes, partners, jobs and social networks.
Today, the organisation they founded focuses on providing innovative services, advocacy, support, accommodation and intensive exercise rehabilitation to people with disabilities as a result of spinal cord injury.
The organisation’s partnership with Slater and Gordon is now in its second year.