for Fiscal Years 2016-2023
Spinal cord injury is one of the greatest survivable catastrophes experienced by a human being. Just imagine what it is like to have a spinal cord injury, to have your mobility restricted, and your independence limited, to know that your life will be cut short by 15 to 30 years.
Regardless of cause or age at injury, SCI has a devastating impact on an injured person's health and well-being, and far-reaching consequences for individuals, their families and the healthcare system.
In 1973, a 15 year old Rick Hansen shattered his spine after being thrown from a truck. He spent seven months in recovery and rehabilitation. Most of the first two months was spent in a bed to hold his spine stationary; in the hope it would heal. He soon learned he would never walk again.
Today that outcome would be very different.
During the past 25 years, significant progress has been made in rallying the scientific and medical research communities to generate improvements in spinal cord injury care that are minimizing damage to the spinal cord, maximizing physical function of the individual, and reducing long-term healthcare costs. Research collaboration, evidence-based best practices and an increasingly coordinated healthcare system have greatly improved outcomes for people with SCI. But there is still much work to be done.
Our Strategic Plan outlines our progress made to date, our goals and objectives for fiscal years 2016-2023 and a long-term plan that will enable us to move closer to our vision of a world without paralysis after SCI. Through rigorous reporting and accountability, we will monitor our progress over the years to ensure we are on track and working towards the best possible outcomes for people with spinal cord injury.
To read our full Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2023, download the PDF here.