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Welcome to our Resources Page. We are updating our website to contain the most comprehensive and useful information for you - whether you are a consumer, family/caregiver, or medical provider. If you are looking for our other resource links, this information can now be found in the main menu under "Links" or by clicking here.

Below, you will find several articles that go into detail about many needs for the SCI community. These articles point to many resources throughout Massachusetts and also other New England States - in order to help guide you in the right direction based upon your needs. We hope that you find the below information helpful.

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Knowledge in Motion Lecture Series Links

Knowledge in Motion Lecture Series

The Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System and the New England Regional SCI Center collaborate to produce the Knowledge in Motion Lecture Series.  This series covers many topics concerned in life after injury.  We have had presentations on many topics including primary care after SCI, current research on SCI, and planning for natural disasters.  These lectures are open to the community.  We hope that you find these videos informative. Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions you have.

All lectures take place at: 

altSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 1st Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129

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Paratransit Services

Paratransit Services


Paratransit Services are special transportation services that are offered through public transit authorities (like the MBTA) to help serve the needs of the disabled and elderly population. If you have a Spinal Cord Injury, you may not be able to take public transit as easily, or at all without assistance. In that case, you may qualify for special services to help you get from place to place. These services are door-to-door transportation.

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people with a disability to keep their job or find work in their area. For example, if you have a Spinal Cord Injury, your needs as an employee will change based upon your level of injury and the nature of your job. Vocational Rehabilitation programs can help you to identify different goals for your career, to help you to adjust in returning to work, or help to educate your employer on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT)

Assistive Technology (AT) can be a "device" or "service." A device is any item, piece of equipment, or system that increases, maintains or improves the functional capabilities of a person/people with a disability.  AT devices help people with disabilities to do what they are able to do better and for a longer period of time. For example, AT can be your wheelchair, splints, a cane, adaptive eating utensils, or a usefully placed piece of velcro. Some AT devices are "high-tech" (like computers),some are "low-tech" (like velcro) and some fall in-between. (excerpt from MassMATCH)

If you have a Spinal Cord Injury, you may need different types of AT based upon the level of your injury. There is a wide range of products that are available for you to rent or purchase based upon your level of need.

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Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)

Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

A Personal Care Attendant is a person who is hired to assist the disabled person with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).  The PCA is hired by the disabled person.  
A PCA can assist with seven activities of daily living: 

  1. Bathing
  2. Dressing/Undressing
  3. Toileting
  4. Mobility (transfers and assistance in getting from one place to another)
  5. Passive range of motion
  6. Eating
  7. Taking Medications

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Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth)

Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth)

In the state of Massachusetts, the Medicaid Program is called “MassHealth”.

MassHealth provides benefits for people who meet specific eligibility criteria. Usually, a person who has a disability, and/or falls under a certain income level would qualify for MassHealth. This is an important program for those with catastrophic injury, such as a spinal cord injury, as the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program is often needed in order to live in the community.  MassHealth is the only payer of the PCA Program. 

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