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I have been in the media industry for the last 30 years as a writer, video editor and director for broadcast television.
Several years ago I had the privilege of producing and directing a documentary for an adventure tour company specialising in tours for people living with spinal cord injury. It was an experience I will never forget. During filming, I realised that many people who live without disability or mobility issues have little idea of what it is like to live in a world full of barriers and obstacles - both in their physical environment and in the minds of other people. From that realisation the idea for Spinalmap was developed through many late-night conversations and soul searching discussions about whether or not people cared and how much they needed to know; about what would be too much information and what would be too intimate.
The result is a book that has been welcomed by a leading rehabilitation practitioner as being essential reading for people who have recently suffered spinal cord injury and all those who have contact with people living with SCI.
on June 24, 2014 :
This book is a real eye opener for those who are unfamiliar with the physical and emotional journey that await people who sustain spinal cord injury (SCI). It looks at SCI from many interesting perspectives, unpacks technical issues effortlessly, and is refreshingly straightforward in its treatment of sensitive topics. This absorbing book is a must read for those who wish to know more about living with SCI and adapting to a changed world.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2013 :
Having been quite close to someone with SCI for many years, this book is spot on and I have learnt from it even after all this time. It is easy to follow and matter of fact, a useful handbook for someone looking for immediate basic information on what happens when devastating SCI occurs. Its straightforward approach makes it easy to dip into, giving the reader insight into a wide range of the issues that the SCI victim and people around them will encounter as they find themselves on the road to recovery and adaptation, and beyond.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on July 15, 2013 :
Spinal map is the product of the hard work of Rob Hope. The book is essential reading for those who have suffered the devastating effects of a spinal cord injury. Practicing in the field of rehabilitation medicine, I would highly recommend that it also be read by partners, friends and caregivers who live with those suffering a spinal cord injury. The book gives a good solid but simple understanding of the complexities of life of the spinal injured. Thanks Rob for the hard work. Ed Baalbergen
(reviewed the day of purchase)