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Welcome to the Spire Community Blog. This is a place for our community to connect by sharing views and experiences, by finding common ground, or by discussing differences.

Content will range from short stories with a black humour element, to serious articles with sources cited.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may, or may not, take centre stage. This is about life in its entirety and sometimes the SCI and the effects it has on our life is our main focus, and sometimes it’s not even in view.

Our bloggers are community members, who all live with a SCI, whether it is their own, or a family member’s.
You are invited to comment on the posts and we also welcome guest contributions; feel free to contact us if you'd like to become a guest blogger for Spire.

The UK has an app that helps you refuel. We should adopt it too!
15 June, 2021

By downloading an app, people who use wheelchairs could convince petrol station operators to make refuelling easier, writes Victor Bibby.

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The exoskeleton rollercoaster
20 April, 2021

The University of Melbourne joined forces with AQA to develop an exoskeleton for the CYBATHLON competition. Covid-19 blocked their path to competing, but not their larger contribution to developing this important technology.

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My natural remedy for skin conditions
19 April, 2021

Active AQA community member Young Ok Dowling shares her experiences using aloe vera to treat skin conditions, and makes a generous offer.

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How I kept myself sane during lockdown
1 April, 2021

After spending months in hospital recovering from a pressure injury, Karen was discharged as Victoria entered its second Covid-19 lockdown. She describes how an openness to adopting new methods helped keep her connected.

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Why your input matters for spinal cord injury research
1 April, 2021

While research is hugely important for those of us who have a spinal cord injury, the reverse is also true, writes Antonio Vecchio.   

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