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Disability Iceberg

for people with a spinal cord impairment


Do you have a spinal cord injury or impairment?

Have you ever wanted to explain to someone that your SCI impacts you much more than just not being able to walk? Perhaps to your employer, colleague, work mate, class mate, friend?

This FREE resource may help you with starting that conversation.

Disability Iceberg Flyer

The Disability Iceberg flyer has been created to support or facilitate a conversation explaining that most of the effects of SCI are in fact unseen with some of them having a considerable impact on energy and wellbeing and other things that may affect ones participation in the work place and life in general.

It is well recognised that if you were to ask almost any person with SCI who can’t walk; to take back one thing that they have lost as a result of SCI; being able to walk would not be at the top of their list. In fact it might not even be 2nd or 3rd! For those who know little about SCI this is almost unbelievable but nevertheless true.

The Disability Iceberg Flyer is available for free download to help you explain this. The content of the flyer is designed as a conversation starter and is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list of effects.

This resource was jointly developed by the NZ Spinal Trust and the Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAT)

We wish to offer our grateful thanks to Rua Pari and Melrose Chairs for their most generous design and production of the material. We also wish to sincerely thank the focus group made up of people with many different experiences, levels of injury and effects of SCI who assisted with the conception and design of the Disability Iceberg.

Disability Iceberg flyer
Disability Iceberg flyer