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.
An essential guide for family, friends and colleagues of people living with disability caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). SpinalMap outlines the basics of SCI and the life-changing impact it invariably has. It also highlights the often ignored etiquette involved in relating to people living with SCI in personal and broader business and social settings.