SIA - Celebrating 50 Years

SIA - Celebrating 50 Years

1974-09-23 00:00:00

SIA founded

SIA is founded to give advice and information to newly injured people and their families and friends, the first association of its kind.

1974-10-01 00:00:00

Link Scheme

SIA launches the Link Scheme, a programme aimed at connecting people across the UK to reduce social isolation within the spinal cord injury community.

1974-11-04 07:00:00

Information Service

SIA’s Information Service is launched to support members and health and social care professionals.

1975-01-01 00:00:00


The counselling service launches on a trial basis in 1975 with ex-patients from Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

1975-01-01 00:00:00

So you're paralysed…

So you’re paralysed… written by Bernadette Fallon and published in eight languages, is a practical guide to living with spinal cord injury.

1976-01-01 00:00:00

The newsletter

In 1976, SIA publishes the first edition of the newsletter, a mouthpiece and news medium for SIA’s members.

1976-11-01 00:00:00


The first issue of ‘Outlook’ was published by the Manpower Services Committee aiming to inform people about employment, rehabilitation, and resettlement.

1976-12-11 00:00:00

Disability Alliance annual general meeting

The first annual general meeting of the Disability Alliance is held at the National Children’s Bureau in Islington.

1979-06-01 00:00:00

SIA Dog Jog

SIA holds England’s first Dog Jog raising over £5,000. The event invited people to run laps of Regent’s Park with their canine companions in aid of SIA.

1980-01-01 00:00:00

SIA moves to Camden

In 1980, SIA relocates to Camden Street, a larger premises allowing for the establishment of the SIA Welfare Service.

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