SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

Healthcare lectures for those with Spinal Cord Injury

As part of our Model System of care, we are striving to provide the best quality of information to our patients. In these efforts, we…

Spring Adaptive Sports

Spring Adaptive Sports

Another great season ahead for Adaptive Sports!

  With warmer weather comes another great Spring/Summer season of Spaulding's Adaptive Sports program!  

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Are you interested in learning more about what is happening at SH-SCI?

To learn more about research happening at SH-SCI - please contact us via our web form. We are happy to answer your questions!

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Researchers are looking at the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain.

This study is investigating a non-invasive method of brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation- tDCS) for the relief of pain due to a previous spinal…

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Breaking News

House approves new savings accounts for people with disabilities

Passed by a vote of 404-17, the bill known as the ABLE Act is intended to help Americans with disabilities pay for the associated expenses, including medical costs and finding employment. Twelve Democrats and five Republicans voted against the measure. The Senate companion bill has 74 co-sponsors, indicating that it would pass easily in the upper chamber.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), the measure's sponsor, said establishing savings accounts for people with disabilities would help them grow their money in a similar way as retirement accounts, like an IRA or 401(k).

"It will bring peace of mind to millions of American families who live with disabilities every day," Crenshaw said.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the savings accounts would also help families with disabled children.

"This ABLE Act can help ease that financial burden and help assist families in some small way, in ensuring that their children receive the love and care they deserve," Van Hollen said.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers's (R-Wash.) seven-year-old son who has Down syndrome, Cole, was on the floor for the vote.
"It will empower millions – like my son, Cole – with the opportunity
to have a better life.  And that is why we are here," McMorris Rodgers said.
Eligible individuals for the accounts must be disabled before the age of 26 and receive benefits from the Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs.

Creating the savings accounts would increase the deficit by $2.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Consequently, the bill contains several offsets, including changes to civil tax penalties and the Inland Waterways Trust Fund financing rate.

But some Democrats opposed the bill due to offsets that make changes to Medicare.


Adaptive Sports Program



The Adaptive Sports Program at SH-SCI provides therapeutic recreational activities – including sailing, rowing, bicycling, and skiing – for members of the disabled community. Our trained staff identifies activities most appropriate for each participant. For more information, please click here.


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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of Massachusetts also offers many selections for adaptive sports and summertime activities. Check out their brochure below!


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Knowledge in Motion




On February 26th, the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast named:


Sexuality after Spinal Cord Injury

with Marcalee Alexander, MD, Professor of PM&R at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Center SCIMS. She highlighted how spinal cord injury and other factors affect sexual function. She also highlighted how videoconferencing with a telehealth sexuality clinic may be able to give people with SCI access to treatment and education for their sexual concerns.  We hosted about 30 attendees in person with dinner in Spaulding's Cafeteria with 220 "webcastees" attending our lecture virtually from United States, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and Morocco!



Meet our Peer Mentors with SCI



Current Research Publications

  • The Spinal Cord Injury-Functional Index/Assistive Technology Short Forms.

    Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Apr 28;

    Authors: Slavin MD, Ni P, Tulsky DS, Kisala PA, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Fyffe DC, Graves DE, Marino RJ, Morse LR, Rosenblum D, Tate D, Worobey LA, Dawson MB, Jette AM

    OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the psychometric properties of the Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index/Assistive Technology (SCI-FI/AT) short forms (SFs) in the domains of Basic Mobility, Self-Care, Fine Motor Function, and Ambulation based on: internal consistency; correlations between SFs and full item banks, and a 10-item computerized adaptive test (CAT) version; magnitude of ceiling and floor effects; and measurement precision across a broad range of function in a sample of adults with spinal cord injury (SCI).
    DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study.
    PARTICIPANTS: A sample of 460 adults with traumatic SCI stratified by level of injury (paraplegia/tetraplegia), completeness of injury, and time since SCI.

National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is a component of the Department of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) whose main mission is helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.


National SCI Database

The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S.  As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2014 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.

NSCISC - Facts and Figures 2014

Knowledge Translation Center

Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.

On their website, they  list information for both consumers, and clinicians - including publications from the national sites. The MSKTC can also be found on Blogspot and Facebook.

Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System

SCI Resource of the Month

January 2015 - make texting & websurfing a little easier...

Nothing fancy nor glamorous, a company named "Snake Clamp" makes attachable, adjustable clamps and mounts for using electronic devices, making them usable while in your chair. It could give you that free hand you always need!

Other attachments could perhaps help a quadriplegic mount a camera, a door opener, or provide a stable base for typing on a smart phone, etc. Check it out!! 

Here is the resource page . Additional attachment devices can be seen here: