The North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium is governed by a Charter that is directed by its membership and reviewed on an annual basis.
Research: Any investigative study that is related specifically to those with a spinal cord injury. The scope and the type of research whether it be scientific i.e. neuroscience or societal will be determined by the governing council and its members.
Care: The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of any person living with a spinal cord injury.
Cure: Restoration of ones fully functional and healthy body, including relief from pain and spasms, return of bowel, bladder and sexual function, and recovery of normal sensation in addition to motor control. Once cured a person should be able to live independently, free from assistive devices, caregivers, catheters etc.
Policy: A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual in relation to the spinal cord injury community.
SCI Community: A group of people with invested interest in spinal cord injury which would include spinal cord injured people, family, friends, caregivers, healthcare providers (including all health practitioners), private industry, researchers and organizations.
Like-minded: Having similar opinions and interests.
Trade Association: An association of people or companies in a particular business or trade, organized to promote their common interests.
Lobbying Entity: An organization or group that seeks to influence an issue.
Any person of influence who can create and/or change policy that affects those living with a spinal cord injury.
Treatment Care Center: A specialized facility for the investigation and treatment of spinal cord injury.
Active Engagement: Actively doing things for the Consortium, rather than simply giving one’s support.
Active Member: Fulfilling the required membership dues; participating in regular and ongoing communication; attending or sending a delegate to the annual meeting.
Industry: A for-profit private sector organization and/or group.
Reasonable Expenses: Expenses incurred in the operation of the organization and reviewed by the Treasurer.