During the COVID19 pandemic the disability community is faced with new challenges in the ability to participate in events, programming or just receiving basic essential care and information.
BACKBONES has cancelled in-person events but continues to offer ways of connecting virtually such as our PeerConnect program dedicated to providing monthly online peer groups for people with spinal cord injury or disabilities (SCI/D). We have seen an increase in participation in the past few months as our community seeks to stay connected and relieve feelings of isolation.
Some highlights include:
- Managing Personal Care Attendants/ Caregivers (PeerConnect session)
- How to Find Accessible Housing (PeerConnect session)
- Traveling with a Disability After Covid (PeerConnect session)
- Film Discussion: Crip Camp (Netflix film produced by the Obamas)
- Book Discussion: Being Heumann by Judy Heumann (Disability Justice Advocate)
- Book Discussion: Strangers Think My Girlfriend is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw (joined by the author)
- Open Mic Night (10 participants with disabilities)
- LIVE Interview with Ian Ruder, Editor of New Mobility Magazine
- Book Discussion: Disability Visibility (joined by editor and disability advocate Alice Wong)
Additionally, we are proud of the inaugural Leaders Program that equips people with SCI/D with skills to become leaders in their communities. The participants commit to a year-long development program where they learn from guest speakers and participate in educational in-services on topics like advocacy, self-care, public speaking, conflict resolution, digital organizing, and more. Please visit our website to learn more!
Now more than ever we need the community to come together and help us continue these programs. This September we launch the BACKBONES 2020 Fundraising Campaign in honor of Spinal Cord Injury Month and will continue to fundraise through December!
Help us raise $15,000 to continue our mission of connecting people with spinal cord injury or disease and their families with their communities.
Join The Campaign