A spinal cord injury is a life-altering event for both the patient and his or her entire family. New SCI patients and those who have been living with the condition for awhile can all benefit from emotional support. In addition, there is so much to learn about SCI and self-care that even patients who have been living with SCI for years can learn new methods and helpful tips. SCI support groups offer patients and their families emotional support, information, and much more.
Each SCI support group has its own special focus, so it is important to check out several before deciding which one is appropriate for you. For example, many SCI groups dedicate themselves to offering adaptive recreational activities for SCI patients.
We could not find any support groups specifically for SCI in North Dakota. You may wish to consider starting your own support group. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association does not yet have a chapter in North Dakota and would be happy to help you start one. This group also gives helpful information if you want to start a support group not affiliated with them. Their website is: https://unitedspinal.org/
The following groups can also provide helpful information.
AgAbility in Dakota
Trina Gress Co-Director 800-247-0698
Tom Alexander Co-Director701-839-4121
The purpose of AgrAbility In Dakota (AID) is to provide farmers and ranchers with disabilities and their families the information, services and support needed to help them return to farming and to live productive and satisfying lives.
Family to Family Network
The Family to Family Network is a support network based on the philosophy that parents who have successfully adapted to their children’s disabilities or special health care needs, are the best support for other parents of children with special needs. It is designed to be broad based, to serve children with all types of disabilities and special health care needs and their families, and accommodate the needs of families in rural environments