Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), and Livability are partners with ISCoS for this project.
Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN)
The Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) was formed in 2001 and consists of a group of organizations in the Asian region that have come together to share and learn from each other in all aspects of spinal cord injury management. ASCoN has 74 member organizations based in 18 countries throughout Asia. ASCoN became an affiliated society of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) in 2004. Further details are available on www.ascon.info
The role of ASCoN in the elearning project has been to provide resource persons responsible for assisting in the development and endorsement of the content and providing advocacy.
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC)
The ISIC is recognized by the Government of India as the apex referral Centre in India for the management of spinal injuries. The Centre also caters to other types of neurological and non-neurological complex conditions and injuries. Thus it is a super specialty hospital catering to spinal injuries as well as Spinal, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgical, Neurological and Urological aliments. The Centre is a not-for-profit organization run by a registered Society. The Chairman and brain behind the Centre, Major HPS Ahluwalia sustained a cervical spinal cord injury rendering him tetraplegic 30 years ago. Further details about ISIC are available on www.isiconline.org
The role of ISIC in the elearning project has been to serve as the project base, coordinate design and development of the interface, content development and initial piloting and project management (technical). A secretariat was set up at ISIC for this purpose. The coordination of the whole elearnSCI.org project, including coordination of the activities of the various subcommittees and Editorial Committee, liaison with Grapes Software, the company developing the web platform, formatting the presentations etc. was done at ISIC. The post ISCoS 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting Workshop on “Comprehensive Management of SCI” (the presentations of which were used as drafts by the various subcommittees to develop the educational resource) and the workshop with the same name in April 2012 to pilot-run the various presentations and for the inputs of the Editorial Committee, were also held at ISIC.
Although Livability is a new name, the organisation has been hard at work among marginalised people for 160 years and has a distinguished record of service to the cause of social inclusion for persons with disabilities.
Today Livability runs a wide range of services for adults and children with disabilities including flexible care and support packages, enabling persons with disabilities to run their own lives; specialist services including brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation; education for children and young adults; accessible holiday accommodation and campaigning for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Realising the great needs that still exist in low-income countries for people with disabilities, and responding to a request for support from the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh, Livability commenced its overseas programme in 1995. From the initial assignment in Bangladesh to support the development of nursing and rehabilitation services, Livability and its sister organisation, Livability Ireland, have developed a low cost, high-impact cross regional programme which has impacted the lives of thousands of persons with disabilities.
Livability’s overseas programme, with a primary focus on the development of sustainable healthcare and rehabilitation services, incorporates the following elements: organisational, technical and human resource capacity development; national, regional and international networking, collaboration and exchange; and advocacy and awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
As part of the core management team on the www.elearnsci.org project, Livability has been responsible for supporting the development and implementation of robust project management and reporting systems, coordination, fund management, administration, logistics and monitoring & evaluation.
The role of Livability in the elearning project has been project management (communication, reporting, fund management and coordination).
Insurance and Care NSW (iCare)
Insurance and Care NSW (iCare) is an Australian government-funded organisation create to deliver the Insurance and care scheme programs of New South Wales. It is a centre of excellence which focuses on the long-term care needs for people with the most severe injuries (road or workplaces), helping people return to work, and improve quality of life outcomes. iCare delivers insurance and care services to people with injuries under the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme, the Lifetime Care and Support Authority, the Dust Diseases Authority, the NSW Self Insurance Corporation (SICorp) and NSW Sporting Injuries Compensation Authority. See www.icare.nsw.gov.au.
iCare made a substantial financial contribution to the development of the physiotherapy,nursing and occupational therapy modules with some funds contributed back to the whole project to assist with the development of the web interface.