A vehicle traveling the opposite direction was rear-ended, crossed the divider and crashed into 33-year-old Eli who suffered a C5 dislocation and a C4 fracture resulting in tetraplegia.
With the help of Northridge Hospital and Rehabilitation Center’s Medical Director Thomas Hedge, MD, I’m living life to the fullest,” he says. “I go camping with my family, and with a little assistance, I can even get in the lake. The Rehabilitation Team has helped me make significant gains and I look forward to making many more.”
Resources & Links
California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, 818-677-2578.
California State Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
California Brain Injury Association is a non-profit membership organization that provides information, referrals, education and advocacy for those affected by brain injury.
National Brain Injury Association is a national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Online traumatic brain injury survival guide book. Explains head injury in clear, easy to understand language.
TBI Matters contains online brain injury resources and materials for anyone who wants to know more about traumatic brain injury (TBI), available resources, and events.
All About Traumatic Brain Injury provides information on traumatic brain injury and associated services.
Brain Injury Information NETwork online support groups for brain injury, stroke and other medical related issues and for caregivers.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
National Spinal Cord Injury Association educates and empowers survivors of spinal cord injury and disease to achieve and maintain the highest levels of independence, health and personal fulfillment.
Special Living an online quarterly magazine for mobility challenged people who want to live easier and better with information on accessible housing and special products, inspiration, and getting in shape.
Spinal Network a magazine and resource book containing information on health, sports, travel, employment, recreation, independent living and much more for persons with spinal cord injury.
When You Need Group Support; provides information, emotional support and financial resources to survivors of spinal cord injury and other causes of paralysis for their family and friends.
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Stroke Association of Southern California partners with leading community health, education, and civic organizations to promote healthy lifestyle and optimal stroke services.
National Stroke Association reaches out to people who want to learn more about stroke, have survived a stroke, know someone who has suffered a stroke, or care for a stroke survivor.
American Stroke Foundation empowers stroke survivors and their families to overcome ongoing challenges of life after stroke and rejuvenate their lives.
National Aphasia Association is a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.
Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center offers resources, information, support groups, counseling, family consultations, respite, workshops, classes, web-based resources, retreats and legal and financial consultations. All services and programs are free or low cost.
California Caregiver is a newsletter that features practical advice, resources, news coverage, caregiving tips and policy updates for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's, traumatic brain injury, ALS, and other chronic health conditions.
National Family Caregivers Association committed to improving the overall quality of life of care-giving families and minimizing the disparities between family caregivers and non-caregivers.
National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.
Independent Living Center of Southern California a non-profit, consumer-based, non-residential agency providing a wide range of services to people with disabilities.