Mt. Sinai’s 17th Annual Rehab Fair

Question:  What do you call it when some of the top community outreach programs, agencies and vendors in the disability healthcare industry come together in one room ?

 
Answer:  
Mount Sinai’s Annual Rehabilitation Fair!


For the past 16 years Mount Sinai Hospital has hosted an annual Rehabilitation Fair allowing individuals with disabilities, their families and caretakers the opportunity to connect with different lifestyle providers and learn about available services, support groups, funding and more.  Exhibitors from a wide variety of organizations attend the event with groups ranging in services from health and wellness, emergency preparedness, advocacy, travel, adaptive equipment, sports, and much more.


This year, Women On Wheels was invited to take part in the fair and given the opportunity to meet and reach out to other women with disabilities while continuing to spread the word about our group. It was a fantastic day with entertainment provided by participants from Mount Sinai’s Wheelchair Dance Program and paintings exhibited by artist Sergio Acevedo.

 

SCI Awareness 5K Run Walk & Roll

Women On Wheels is a spinal cord injury peer and advocacy support group sponsored by The Alan T. Brown organization, Mount Sinai and NYCSCIA.  With their support we have spent the past year developing the first SCI women’s group in New York City. Being that women only make up approximately 20% of the overall SCI population, we are a minority within a minority in our society. Because of this, women with SCI often have unique  concerns and experiences related to their dis/Ability, but rarely have the opportunity to comfortably share these issues among a room full of men with SCI voicing their own “personal or intimate” concerns. Through this group, we provide women with spinal cord injuries a space where our knowledge can be shared across age ranges, injury levels, and years of experience. We seek to empower, educate and support one another.

On May 30th, Women On Wheels took part in the 2nd Annual Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness 5K Run Walk & Roll in order to raise funds for our sponsors and aid in their efforts of helping people with spinal cord injuries maximize their independence and quality of life.  With the help of the many generous donations from our supporters, family members and friends, Women On Wheels was able to raise over $3000 for the cause more than doubling our goal of $1500.  Plus, as you can see, we had a fantastic time the day of the race!

 
And lots more great shots from the event can be found here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nycscia/with/17706296473/

Come Join Us


Women’s SCI Peer & Advocacy Group

Wednesdays 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Mount Sinai Outpatient Rehab       

5 East 102nd street

(between 5th and Madison Avenues)

The group meets weekly to discuss various topics including dating and sexuality, self-image, relationships with family and friends, education, independence, co-dependence, self-advocacy, and dis/ability as identity.

If you are interested in joining us, please email:  womenonwheelsnyc@gmail.com