In the fall of 2002, practioners, individuals with spinal cord injury, and advocacy groups met and established the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Kentucky (SCIAK). The mission of SCIAK is to serve those affected by spinal cord injury through increased awareness, greater resource availability and support services, enhanced educational and preventative interventions, as well as increased athletic and recreational opportunities.
In addition, to practioners, individuals with spinal cord injury and corporate sponsors, three organizations in Kentucky were instrumental in the formation of SCIAK, i.e., the Derby City Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Friends for Michael Spinal Cord Injury Organization and Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association.
The mission of the Ms. Wheelchair America Program Inc. is to provide an opportunity for women of achievement who utilize wheelchairs to successfully educate and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
You can be part of Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky ! You too can be part of this dynamic group of women in Kentucky.
We are currently searching for women to represent our great state of Kentucky.
Winners On Wheels (or WOW) is a national scouting organization for kids with physical disabilities. Participants (or Winners) are paired up with volunteers (Pit Crew) and work on activities that earn them badges (or wheels). All activities are made to be performed from a wheelchair, and are geared to teach children to become more independent. The mission of WOW is: “Empowering youth in wheelchairs to be all that they can be, challenging them to reframe their environment, and to contribute confidently to their community and world”.
Friends For Michael, Inc. Spinal Cord Injury Organization was founded in 1997 when eighteen-year-old Michael Brent, a bright student and talented athlete was injured in an automobile accident. He was on his way home from PGA's Valhalla Golf Course where he had been working as a caddy, when he blacked out and ran off I-71 in Oldham County . When he woke up he realized he was paralyzed. Life changed rapidly for the young man who was just eighteen days away from leaving for college where he had earned an academic and golf scholarship. Michael had sustained a C-3/C-4 spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.
Living with a disability can create many day-to-day challenges, often leaving some individuals wondering about their purpose in life. Together, with the help of a service dog, reaching those dreams of achievement can become a reality - giving them a new purpose for life. These highly trained dogs not only help to give individuals the ability to be more independent, and break down social barriers, they often give their partners back what's most important - their dignity.
Together, we can fulfill old dreams and create new dreams for the future, giving lives what we all need, a "purpose."