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2008 SCI Hall of Fame(TM) Nominations Open.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association to be Honored at Abilities Expo

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Nominations for the 2008 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Anyone is eligible to nominate candidates in any one or more of 17 available categories. Nominations will be vetted and confirmed for completeness and accuracy, and then NSCIA members choose the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees in each category through an online voting process. Finalists will be reviewed by a the Hall of Fame Selection Committee before the final inductees are announced at the 4th annual SCI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala this fall in New Orleans.

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.

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 and three new categories: Military, International and Direct Provider.

In addition to the SCI Hall of Fame categories, nominations will be accepted for the 2008 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. This award was introduced in 2006 and has been awarded to Cody Unser, founder of the Cody Unser First Step Foundation, and Chris Skinner, founder of the Chris Skinner Organization.

To learn more about opportunities to be involved with the SCI Hall of Fame process and this year's event, contact elarson@spinalcord.org. For information on sponsorships, or to explore corporate or organizational partnership opportunities, contact development@spinalcord.org.

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.

Visit www.spinalcord.org or call (800) 962-9629.
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