Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. A month dedicated to increasing awareness of SCI and the impact it has on those affected.
According to the United Spinal Association there are approximately 285,000 people in the U.S. living with SCI (in 2017) and approximately 17,500 new SCI cases in the U.S. each year.
Although fear and feelings of loss often consume those first injured, there are now many resources bringing hope to those newly injured. These resources highlight the courage and strength of others who are living life to the fullest. From websites to blogs to Instagram accounts, there are countless inspiring people showing others what it really means to live life with a spinal cord injury. Offering insight on the good, the bad and the ugly. This increase in social media presence has had a 'mostly' positive affect on bringing together communities of people and creating awareness.
Although social media has provided awareness and offers a platform to highlight new innovations helping those with SCI, there is still a long road ahead. Not only is it necessary that every person living with SCI have access to the education they need to live a healthy and meaningful life, the greater public would also benefit from education on SCI. Specifically education on the ABILITIES those living with SCI posses.
Rollin' Wear seeks to contribute to the SCI community by offering an innovative product that addresses health risks while also promoting active lifestyles. Our mission is to provide ADAPTIVE APPAREL FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES.
About 30% of people with SCI are re-hospitalized one or more times during any given year following injury. Many times these hospitalizations are due to skin issues (pressure sores) or autonomic dysreflexia (AD). Rollin' Wear adaptive jeans were specifically designed to reduce the risks of both these complications.
The bulky seams and hardware found on the rear of average jeans offer SERIOUS risk to those with limited sensation and mobility. Weight shifting (or re-positioning) along with regular skin checks are necessary to prevent pressure sores and irritation that can trigger AD, however wearing adaptive denim can ALSO help prevent these common complications.
Developed by an Occupational Therapist and a C-6 quadriplegic, our jeans reduce the bulky seams found on the rear and eliminate the hardware responsible for unneeded pressure. They also offer a higher rise in the back and lower rise in the front, perfect for the seated position. Let's face it, average jeans were NOT made for sitting. Our jeans also take into account those with limited dexterity with our adaptive closures and zipper pulls.
Beyond the adaptive features, our jeans offer a classic denim look and are NOT recognized as adaptive but rather a quality jean in line with today's fashion trends. No longer do those living with SCI have to be limited by fear of health complications from America's staple apparel product...jeans!
Along with our jeans, we seek to impact the SCI community through our ROLL Model program. With this program we showcase what others are doing to maintain an active and meaningful lifestyle. From artists to actors to athletes, we spread awareness highlighting people's ABILITIES!
Our hope is that throughout this month our friends and customers will spread awareness and hope. Awareness of innovative products that are positively affecting those living with SCI and hope for a future where INCLUSION is not just a hot topic but a way of life. And we promise to work towards bringing more adaptive products to the market and making them accessible to all. Along with highlighting the great things people within our community are doing to help themselves and other!