As we embark on the second year of the Lifetime Support Scheme, it is encouraging to reflect on the progress of the scheme and its 50 participants.
Many participants have reached extraordinary milestones within the scheme’s first year – watching their progress and seeing them regain control of their lives has been very uplifting for us at the LSA.
We are now looking to establish monthly participant drop-in sessions to enable our participants, their families and carers, to become more familiar with the LSA, our offices, staff and our services.
The sessions will present an opportunity for participants to provide the LSA with feedback on the support we provide them, and also gives them the chance to share their experiences with fellow participants.
We will talk about new technologies and innovations, and we will have external agencies present on their services to provide a better understanding of what is available to LSS participants.
It is also exciting for us that Minister Snelling recently announced the recipients of the inaugural LSA research grants.
One of the six grant recipients will see research into the creation of an innovative diagnostic approach to spinal cord injury – an injury sustained by about one quarter of LSS participants.
The research will use the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute’s (SAHMRI) newly opened cyclotron facility for assessment of spinal cord inflammation.
The project will be undertaken in partnership with the Neil Sachse Foundation and will be led by a team with expertise in neuroscience and imaging, radiochemistry and spinal cord injury.
We look forward to seeing the results of this project, which will result in significant improvements in the treatment and outcomes for people with spinal cord lesion.
This is will be our last newsletter update before the December 3 International Day of People with Disability, for which we partner with BINSA and PQSA. I encourage you and your work colleagues to join us in Victoria Square between 11.30am and 2.30pm for some lunch, music and celebration of people living with disability.
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This article was featured in the September 2015 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.