In a time in where hospital and rehabilitation visits are becoming increasingly shorter, individuals with spinal cord injury are relying more and more on the knowledge of their peers when learning to navigate SCI life. BACKBONES PeerConnect are monthly online meetups for people in the spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) community looking to connect with their peers! Whether you have many years post-injury, or if you are new to the community, PeerConnect is a great way to meet others, share your story, and learn from other people with similar experiences to you. These online events will be hosted on Zoom Video Conferencing and are a chance for open conversation and opportunity to discuss a variety of topics from transportation, work and social life to insurance, adaptive sports, and traveling. Ultimately, our aim is to relieve feelings of isolation among individuals with spinal cord injuries or disease and together motivate each other to pursue our personal and professional goals. If you’re looking for some support, advice, or just trying to meet some cool new people, we hope you’ll choose to take part in BACKBONES PeerConnect!

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Shannon Kelly | PeerConnect Program Coordinator

Shannon Kelly is a paraplegic after having a tumor on her spine at the age of two. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Journalism and Global Studies. She is a writer with a passion for travel, and the environment. Shannon is based in the Chicagoland area but is happiest when she is exploring a new part of the world. She loves making connections within the disability community and is always advocating for a more accessible and inclusive society.

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