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Connections: Sexuality and Relationships after Spinal Cord Injury

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Submitted by nmiller on Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:54

Join us to learn more about intimacy, sex, dating, long-term relationships, supporting family caregivers, parenting and family life.

Spinal cord injury is life-changing. Much of the focus of rehabilitation care is on the medical and functional aspects of life with SCI, with less attention paid to the profound effects that SCI has on the dynamics of one’s relationships.

Through the generous support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other sponsors, The Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System is hosting two inter-related events discussing sexuality and intimacy, starting and raising a family, supporting family caregivers, and other topics relevant to cultivating healthy and fulfilling relationships.  

The June 21st event will be a full-day conference targeted to people with SCI and their loved ones and the second (June 22nd) will be a half-day workshop for spinal cord injury professionals (physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians, psychologists, and others). Together, these events will help people with SCI and their loved ones build confidence that fulfilling intimate relationships are possible and will prepare health care providers to discuss important issues related to sexuality, intimacy, and family life with those they serve. 

Hosted by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Connections: Sexuality and Relationships after Spinal Cord Injury

Friday, June 21, 2019    
Conference for People with SCI and their Loved Ones 

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Workshop for Rehabilitation Professionals

Wilshire Grand Hotel
350 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mitchell Tepper

Admission is free but registration is required. Registration will open soon.
To be notified by email when registration opens, please contact Jeanne Zanca at:

For more information:

Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT
Conference Chair & Senior Research Scientist
Spinal Cord Injury Research
Kessler Foundation
Phone: 973-324-3558

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors:

Platinum Level Sponsor

Supported in part by Grant # 842 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation.

Gold Level Sponsors

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Kessler Foundation

This conference is hosted by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS), a collaborative effort of Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and University Hospital. NNJSCIS is supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90SI5011). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The ideas expressed during this conference do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.