Educational Forums

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection regularly hosts community conversations and educational forums presented by OSCI community health workers and featuring guest speakers who are experts in their fields. Educational forums are designed to provide information and create a safe space for the SCI community to ask questions and get the right answers.

Upcoming Forums

Join us for an Educational Forum to learn about how wheelchair users are enjoying outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing. Learn about how to access resources available through Oregon State Parks and other partners. Several SCI community members who regularly hunt and fish will also discuss their set-ups and gear. Bring your questions!

Past Forums

Emergency Preparedness

Join us for an Educational Forum to learn about how a wheelchair user can to be ready for a disaster. Learn about the importance of having a plan, building a “Go” bag, and understanding how to handle the unexpected.

Accessible Public Transportation – Portland Metro

Our Educational Forum about navigating public transportation as a wheelchair user is designed to help users understand how to access services in the Portland Metro area. Several community members discuss their experiences using public transportation including Tri-met buses, Max line, C-Tran, and more.

Learn more about Accessiblity on Tri-met.

Tobacco Use & Paralysis

Our Educational Forum on tobacco cessation discusses the hidden effects smoking tobacco after a spinal cord injury. Guest speaker Robert Berry has over 11 years of experience in wound care.

More resouces about tobacco cessation and disability are available from SmokeFree Oregon.

Adaptive Athletes

Our Educational Forum on Adaptive Athletes and their sports is a great opportunity to learn about available accessible sports programs throughout Oregon and the broader Pacific Northwest. Options for every comfort level, from leisure to extreme sports.

We appreciate our friends at the Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA) for their partnership.

Are you an invidual with a spinal cord injury who is interested in becoming a Community Health Worker? Let us know!

What are OSCI Community Health Workers?

Our Community Health Worker program is a team of trusted members of a community with extremely close relationships and a keen understanding of the needs of people in the SCI community. They are liaisons and links with healthcare, social services, and the community, helping to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.  They also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy.

This Educational Forum is a conversation between OSCI Community Health Workers and the community. Those impacted by spinal cord injuries were able to ask questions and find out how to get connected with the OSCI Community Health Worker program.

Adaptive Camping & CampAbility 2022

Interested in camping but don’t know where to start? This is a great opportunity to hear from community members about their camping experience, tips and tricks, and advice for overcoming barriers.

CampAbility is our adaptive camping program. We are spearheading change, and demonstrating that outdoor enthusiasm is alive and well in the spinal cord injury community! Our partners at Adventures Without Limits, REI, and David’s Chair – Outdoor Mobility Systems always help to make our CampAbility events unforgettable. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn about upcoming accessible camping trips.

Equipment Grants

There are several grant opportunities available to members of the SCI community in Oregon and SW Washington. We had a great discussion with representatives from the Kelly Brush Foundation and High Fives Foundation about their programs. Grant recipients were also there to share their experiences accessing grants. Find out more about programs available on our Grants & Loan Programs resource page.

Bowel Program

OSCI Community Health Workers discuss bowel function after spinal cord injury and the importance of a bowel program. Bowel function can be an embarrassing topic, but it’s critical to staying healthy after a spinal cord injury. Listen to what others have learned on their journey with a spinal cord injury. It’s a great opportunity for anyone affected by SCI to learn from folks who understand and care.

Bladder Management

The bladder just doesn’t work the same after a spinal cord injury. How do you manage? Our special guest speaker is Dr. Todd Linsenmeyer. An expert in the overlap between urology, rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury, Dr. Linsenmeyer is nationally recognized for his distinguished accomplishments.

Pain Management After SCI

An overview of types of pain experienced after a spinal cord injury including a presentation by board-certified pain specialist, Dr. Daniel Kim, MD.


COVID CURE-IOUS? is an informational session about the COVID Vaccine with special guest Jessica Guernsey the Multnomah County Public Health Director. Panelists include OSCI Community Health Workers: Casey Moore, Francisco Elias, and Waddah Sofan.

Wheelchair Wellness during COVID-19

This educational forum reviews procedures for cleaning and disinfecting manual and power wheelchairs at home, as well as review general at-home maintenance.  The forum is designed for people who use a wheelchair and/or assistive technology and their families, as well as healthcare professionals including primary care providers and occupational and physical therapists. Hosted by OSCI with speakers including representatives from Permobil and the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU.

Contact us

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection

PO BOX 17516
Portland, OR 97217