I have been delivering a range of spinal cord injury services for over 12 years both in the UK and abroad, including peer led training courses which have been running in Bangladesh since 2012. I have led a structured peer led education service at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I currently run a vocation service for the non-profit organisation Back Up. This includes early intervention rehabilitation pathways and practical support for helping service users into employment roles. I am passionate about supporting the European SCI organisations to fulfil their potential.
I come from Slovenia. In my early youth I became a tetraplegic after a traffic accident in 1984. I am a university graduate mathematician, employed half time in a domestic company, but I dedicate most of my time and energy to activities in various organizations and councils related to people with disabilities. I have been involved in ESCIF from the very beginning and I’m ESCIF board member since 2019.
I have been a person with disabilities since 2005. Before my car accident I worked as a nurse and was a professional basketball player. Now I am member of the Union Board for persons with paraplegia and quadriplegia in Serbia. Through the work of the organization I am actively fighting for accessibility, education and employment of persons with disabilities, as well as helping the society to overcome prejudice towards persons with disabilities.
I am sportsman, motivator and peer supporter from Slovakia. After having a spinal cord injury I am already 30 years reliant to a wheelchair. I graduated at the Matej Bel University as a teacher of history and philosophy. Now I work in Paraplegic motivation centre situated in National rehabilitation centre, as a manager of motivators over the whole country. I am married and have two daughters.
I’m from Finland. I was in a car accident in 1991. After that I studied to a sport adviser. I have worked more than 20 years in adapted physical activity field/disability sport/para sport. At the moment I work in The Finnish Paralympic committee.
I like a volunteerwork and have been active SCI field in Finland last 25 years. My opinion is, if we don’t take care of our things who will. That is the reason why I want to be active. I want to influence things, that SCI people could live a better life.