Support Groups & forums

Peer support is a critical component for both people living with a spinal cord injury as well as those who care for them. Whether you are newly injured and looking for help and guidance, or you are a caregiver looking for support, a support group can provide a network of people who have been where you are and can help you navigate through your new journey. Below, you will find a list of support groups throughout Texas as well as forums where you can find answers to your questions about living with spinal cord injury.


    SUPPORT GROUPS

    AUSTIN

    St. David’s Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group
    St. David’s Rehabilitation Day Program Room
    919 E 32nd St
    Austin, TX 78705
    Contact: Pam Fletcher at pam.fletcher@stdavids.com

    EL PASO

    Highlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
    1395 George Dieter
    El Paso, Texas, 79936
    Contact: Sukie Armendariz or Ron Prieto 915-298-7241

    DALLAS

    Support Challenge Inspire
    Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
    909 N. Washington Ave
    Dallas, Texas, 75246
    Contact: Lea Goad, CTRS 214-820-9578 or lgoad@bir-rehab.com

    AIM: Ability in Motion
    Parkland Hospital
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, Texas 75390-8853
    Contact: Tish Gist, OTR  214-590-8139


    Forums

    CareCure Community  A forum where people with spinal cord injury and related conditions can get together and discuss care, cure, and life and obtain the best and up-to-date information on these and related subjects. 

    Spinal Injury Network  A collection of spinal cord injury forums which cover various topics, including medication, legal advice and advice for carers, friends and family. Set up by a man named Andy following a cycling accident which left him with a broken neck and subsequent paralysis, it aims to provide support to those in further understanding the nature of spinal cord injuries.

    Facing Disability  These forums offer support to not only people afflicted with spinal cord injuries, but their peers, parents, family members and others who  may need to communicate with others for support, ideas information and to share experiences. 

    Inspired  Inspired is a spinal cord injury support community, where you can find extensive topics covered in forums, such as continuing education following spinal cord injury, disability benefits, disabled travelling, and working with a disability. 

    Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Actor and activist Christopher Reeve was paralysed in an equestrian competition in 1995 and because of this, he eventually became chairman of the board of the Christopher Reeve Foundation; an organization that supports research into developing treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Their online Paralysis Resource Center provides a wealth of information for families and peers, along with advice articles, and local resource lists.

    Apparelyzed Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support  Apparelyzed believes in enabling independence through social interaction. This forum is an active and vibrant community covering a multitude of subjects where people can discuss experiences and feelings as well as practical advice for accessible daily living activities, sports for the disabled and spinal cord autobiographies and stories.

    Spinal Cord Peer Support Group USA (Facebook) Group formed to inspire, empower, support one another and educate through life's experiences. Limited to people with an SCI, a caregiver or family member of a person with a SCI, or a professional or student in the SCI field.