Life in Action Editor’s Note: Looking Ahead

Ian Ruder, Editor, Life in Action

Ian Ruder, Editor, Life in Action

On the cover of our third issue, back in 2011, we featured a man using an exoskeleton to walk following a spinal cord injury. Inside we told you that as sci-fi as it may have seemed, the technology was coming and held huge potential for the SCI community.

Now, just two years later, exoskeletons are rapidly becoming a big part of the nation’s leading rehab programs. Additionally, exciting approaches like locomotor training have moved into the mainstream and are helping many people regain function in ways most of us only dreamed of 15 years ago.

All of this is to say that rehab and how we handle SCI is changing at light speed. At the same time, the Affordable Care Act has brought a number of key healthcare-related issues to the forefront of discussion. In this, our 15th issue, we’re focusing on healthcare. It would take a much better prognosticator than myself to confidently tell you where all of these developments are leading, but what I can assure you is that Life in Action will continue to cover these the topics that matter to you as we transition to our new format starting with our next issue.

You will likely notice a number of significant changes as we look to provide more behind-the-scenes insight into NSCIA and United Spinal, and more tangible ways you can get involved, whether through local support groups, chapters or national advocacy. We’re excited about the changes, and we hope you will be too. Please take a minute to let me know what you think. Send me an email at or call me at 718.803.3782, ext. 7224.