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Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Current Events

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program

  • March 2016 Events
  • December 2015 Events
  • October 2015 Events
Gatorland’s New Zip Line Ride Now Accessible to Mobility-Challenged Patrons

Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” is officially launching its newest zip line ride, the Gator Gauntlet, an attraction accessible to park patrons with mobility challenges or other disabilities. The ride, which is wheelchair accessible, allows participants to travel 350 feet down a zip line, soaring over the park and its lake of giant alligators.

Interested Gator Gauntlet riders must meet certain strength, coordination and size requirements to ride the accessible zip line. For more information, please call: 407-855-5496, ext. 0.

Brain Injury Association of Florida sponsoring WalkAbout Brain Injury on March 19, 2016

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! To celebrate, the Brian Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) is sponsoring a “WalkAbout” Brain Injury around Lake Ella in Tallahassee on March 19, 2016. The purpose of the WalkAbout is to raise awareness about preventing and treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and supporting families impacted by TBIs.  For additional information please call: 877-342-GIVE (4483) or visit:

Sponsor A New Beginning BackPack

United Spinal’s New Beginning BackPacks reached over 5,000 individuals with a spinal cord injury or disease in 2015—reach more in 2016 by sponsoring a backpack for $30. Each backpack contains over 30 informational items and recipients are also given priority access to spinal cord resource center consultation. Learn more by visiting:

24th Annual Tampa International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is January 22 and January 24, 2016

The 24th Annual Tampa International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament will take place at the All People’s Life Center located at 6105 East Sligh Avenue, Tampa FL 33617. The tournament will take place all day on Friday, January 22, 2016 and Sunday, January 24, 2016. For additional information, call: (813) 844-4711.

16th Annual Knock and Roll Quad Rugby Tournament is January 15 and January 17, 2016

The 16th Annual Knock and Roll Quad Rugby Tournament will take place at the Club Managers Association of America Therapeutic Recreation Complex at 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. The tournament will take place all day on Friday, January 15, 2016 and Sunday, January 17, 2016. For more information, call: (561) 966-7020.

Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Legislative Awareness Day Thursday, January 21, 2016

TD Legislative Day is hosted by Florida Association of Coordinated Transportation Systems (FACTS) each year through the funds donated by sponsors. When you sponsor, 100 percent of the funds goes to the event in an effort to generate awareness and support for the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. Sponsors' information will be included in the program, banner and other public relations materials for TD Legislative Day. Please visit for more details. Registration deadline is December 9, 2015.

Rehabilitation Medicine Wins Grant for Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems

A research team in the Miller School’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has been awarded a federal Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems grant for more than $2 million. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the five-year grant will enhance rehabilitation services and research aimed at meeting the special needs of brain-injured individuals progressing through the clinical continuum, from emergency care to rehabilitation and community re-entry. Please visit for more information.

92nd Annual Progress in Rehabilitation Research Conference is October 25-30, 2015

The ACRM 92nd Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR) offers nonstop content for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, cancer and pediatric rehabilitation plus 11 additional focus areas. PIRR brings together an interdisciplinary mix of rehabilitation professionals from around the world to learn about cutting-edge research and its translation into clinical practice to improve the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities.

Committed to the mission to IMPROVE LIVES through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, ACRM delivers NONSTOP content for 6 diagnoses:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pain
  • Cancer

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Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council (BSCIAC) Meetings are November 17-18, 2015

The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council (BSCIAC) will have a face-to-face meeting on November 17-18 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Visit the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program Advisory Council webpage