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2017 Spinal Cord Injury Wellness Summit


Our 6th Annual SCI Wellness Summit on Saturday, November 4 welcomed over 150 visitors to learn about technology, recreation, equipment and more. People with spinal cord injuries, family and friends, and rehab health professionals enjoyed free entry, parking, refreshments, and continuing education credits. Raffle winners took home professional sports event tickets, Outdoors For All vouchers, adaptive rowing and yoga sessions, and more. The 2017 Summit took place in the Brig building in Seattle's Magnuson Park.

Some of the sessions were videotaped. Join our mailing list to receive email notices when these videos are posted.

Videos now available to watch:


12:00 noon

Doors Open
(registration, refreshments, vendor exhibits, get your raffle tickets!)

12:30 –
12:45 pm

Garden Room

Opening Remarks
Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, Director, Northwest Regional SCI System

Alicia Lyons, Outdoors for All
Kenny Salvini, Founder, Here and Now Project

Koti Hu, Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington

12:45 – 2:00 pm

Garden Room

Cool things! What your SCI peers are doing for fun and community

Six individuals with SCI share their adventures and activities in short presentations.

2:00 – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Belvedere Terrace Room

    Manual Wheelchair Maintenance
    (Josh Golden and Dave Colescott, PT)
    Can you change a flat, get hair out of casters, adjust wheel locks, and other manual wheelchair tasks? What routine maintenance does your manual wheelchair need daily, weekly, monthly? Find out in this basic how-to workshop.
    Download Manual Wheelchair Maintenance Checklist
    CEU Credits: 1.0 contact hours for PTs and OTs

  • Garden Room

    Access is One Switch Away
    (Kenny Salvini, Ian Mackay, Tyler Schrenk)
    How can someone with little or no hand function be able to access their phone, other mobile devices, and even control their home environment? The secret is in the switch controls! Three wizards with tetraplegia take you through the basics of switch controls and beyond, and demonstrate how they do it.
    CEU Credits: 1.0 contact hours for PTs and OTs

  • Outdoors for All Office

    Discussion group for individuals with SCI who are very incomplete and mostly ambulatory
    (facilitated by Debby Crane, MD)
    Have you felt that much of what is available for people with SCI doesn't really relate to your experience because your injury is so incomplete and you perhaps don't "look like you have an SCI"? Meet others and join in a facilitated conversation about common experiences and solutions.

3:30 – 4:00 pm


Raffle Drawing

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Final Session and Networking

  • Garden Room

    What do SCI health professionals (and patients) need to know? Advice from patients.

    A panel of individuals with SCI discussed their experiences as patients after injury, including what they thought providers did well and what providers could have done or said differently. Moderated by Jeanne Hoffman, PhD.
    CEU Credits: 1.0 contact hours.

  • View Ridge Room

    Network! Learn more, make connections, meet one-on-one
    Spend this last hour for continued visiting with exhibitors and presenters, asking questions, and socializing with old and new friends.


Thank you to our underwriters and partners:

Click here for printable flyer.


Questions? Email nwrscis@uw.edu, or call 206-616-2183 or 800-366-5643 (toll free).

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