In previous posts we have discussed how life changing a spinal cord injury can be. While adapting to a new way of life following such an injury can be difficult, with modifications it is possible for some to participate in activities they may have thought impossible, such as skiing and snowboarding. Local not-for-profit, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, is helping some spinal injury victims in the area, do that very thing.
The group provides volunteers and an adaptive tool called a sit-ski, to navigate the slopes. Sit-skis—where the skier sits on a seat that is mounted upon either one or two skis–are steered using outriggers held in the skiers’ hands. Depending on the skier’s capabilities, he or she will either go down the hill alone, or with the assistance of a volunteer. For some participants the event marks a return to the slopes. For others, it is an introduction. The non-profit has been sponsoring the event for 16 years.
Of course, skiing and snowboarding is not the first priority for most following a spinal injury that leaves them partially, or fully, paralyzed. They must first learn how to do the everyday activities they previously took for granted. In addition to physical changes, many also have to address emotional difficulties that arise as a result of the injury. These adaptations can take not only time, but money.
Depending on the cause of the injury it is possible damages could be sought to help cover the financial expense that accrues. A personal injury lawyer can help determine if this course of action makes sense.