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.

If you've never had a flu shot, maybe this is your year
8 April, 2020

Many of us in the AQA community are restricted in our ability to cough, and even to breathe, through conditions that affect our chest muscles. That makes it smart for all of us to get a flu shot this year - and I mean carers and family as well.

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How I work with my carers to fend off COVID-19
27 March, 2020

How do you practise social distancing while receiving necessary personal care from your disability support workers? Peter Van Benthem, who lives with a complete C4 spinal cord injury, shares his approach.

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About hygiene in flu season: talk
16 March, 2020

Precautions for avoiding infection with coronavirus or the flu may feel awkward in practice. Talking with friends and carers can help keep you healthy.

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History of AQA: How AQA Victoria got its name
7 November, 2019

AQA Victoria began as a Melbourne office for the Sydney-based Australian Quadriplegic Association. When the parent group demanded that its Melbourne branch sever ties, founding CEO Ian Bennett cheekily adapted its branding.

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Highs – and lows – from a life lived in the moment
9 September, 2019

Outdoor sports enthusiast Jason Ellery and his wife, Nicole Ellery, open up about married life with a young family and a spinal cord injury.

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