Technology for mobility in SCI 10 years from now

M. Boninger, J. French, James Abbas, L. Nagy, M. Ferguson-Pell, S. J. Taylor, M. Rodgers, N. Saunders, H. Peckham, R. Marshall, A. Sherwood

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Objectives: To identify technological advances and that are likely to have a great impact on the quality of life and participation in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: In this paper we use the International Classification of Function to frame a discussion on how technology is likely to impact SCI in 10 years. In addition, we discuss the implication of technological advances on future research. Results/Conclusion: Although technology advances are exciting, a large challenge for the research community will be how to effectively apply and deploy this technology. Advances occurring in the next 10 years that reduce cost of technology may be more important to the population with SCI than brand new technologies. Social context is everything. As a research community we must advocate for better systems of care. Advocating now for better care will lead to a world in 2020 that is ready to adopt new technologies that are truly transformative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-363
Number of pages6
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Assistive technology
  • International Classification of Function
  • Mobility
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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