||Welcome to www.elearnsci.org, a ground-breaking educational resource that provides the user with a unique Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) e-learning experience covering all aspects of comprehensive SCI management.
The resource has been made possible through the selfless efforts and voluntary inputs of a dedicated community of SCI professionals from around the globe. Contributors have given freely of their time and have shared readily their vast wealth of experience. In total 274 experts from over 30 countries have contributed to the development of this educational resource.
It was in Florence, Italy during the 48th ISCoS conference in 2009, when the concept to develop an SCI e-learning resource was first discussed. Agreement was reached to develop an e-learning tool that would cover all aspects of comprehensive rehabilitation management, drawing on the most up-to-date developments in the field, and that this resource would be freely available anywhere in the world.
In some parts of the world today, people sustaining SCI do not have access to appropriate care and rehabilitation services and many still die unnecessarily from physical and psychological complications. Many more remain socially and economically marginalised on the fringes of society. Professionals working in resource-poor environments also often lack access to educational resources and training.
www.elearnsci.org will have relevance to both students and practitioners working in the field of SCI management everywhere in the world. It will be a particularly important and useful tool in resource-poor environments and can play a pivotal role in supporting the development of SCI services and the people responsible for delivering these services.
This end product bears witness to what can be achieved through global partnership and collaboration for the achievement of a common and meaningful goal. The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and its project partners, Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) and Livability have provided the leadership and resolve to deliver a top quality resource and deserve much gratitude - as does Access to Healthcare, which provided financial support to this ambitious and innovative venture.
We started this journey with the overall goal of improving the quality of life and quality of services for people living with spinal cord injury around the world. The development of this unique web-based SCI educational resource has moved us somewhat closer to the realisation of this goal.
We trust this resource will meet your educational and professional development needs and we look forward to receiving your feedback which will help us in the continuous development of www.elearnsci.org
Head of Overseas Development,