NSCIA Accepting Nominations for SCI Hall of Fame Class of 2009



Nominations for the 2009 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Hall of Fame are being accepted now through December 1, 2009. Anyone is eligible to nominate candidates online in any one or more of 17 available categories. Nominations will be vetted and confirmed for completeness and accuracy, and then NSCIA members will choose the 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees in each category through an online voting process. Finalists will be reviewed by a Hall of Fame Selection Committee before the final inductees are announced.

Formed by NSCIA in 2005, the SCI Hall of Fame was created to celebrate and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to quality of life and advancements toward a better future for all individuals with spinal cord injury and disorders.

Categories currently include Assistive Technology, Benefactor, Corporate Executive, Disability Activist, Disability Educator, Entertainment, Entrepreneur, Government Executive, Grassroots Organizer, Legislative, Media, Research in Basic Science, Research in Quality of Life, Sports, Military, International and Direct Provider. Detailed descriptions of the categories, a full list of SCI Hall of Fame members and more about the SCI Hall of Fame are available online.

In addition to the SCI Hall of Fame categories, nominations will be accepted for the 2009 NSCIA Emerging Leader Award for exceptional leadership qualities in a local or regional capacity toward the improvement of opportunities or quality of life for persons living with SCI.

NSCIA hosted the 4th annual SCI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala last fall in New Orleans to recognize the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In conjunction with the celebration, NSCIA hosted Building a Culture of Preparedness...Including Everyone, a town hall meeting on disaster preparedness, which featured a keynote address by Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (U.S. Army Ret.).

The mission of The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is to enable people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to achieve their highest level of independence, health, and quality of life. NSCIA actively advocates for best practices and public policies that proactively affect people with SCI/D, their families and service providers. The association conducts public policy initiatives through its local chapters and at the national level and actively collaborates with other national organizations on issues of mutual concern.

For more information about the SCI Hall of Fame, contact us at info@spinalcord.org or 1-800-962-9629.

(KLD)