Whether you’re for it or against it, SCI research is here to stay. What do you think? Should the government fund spinal cord injury research, or do you think they should worry about care expenses (equipment, PCA wages)? With a proposed research bill in Minnesota this week, supporters and detractors have come out in full force (with some of the detractors being in chairs).
There aren’t many folks with SCI against government-funded research, but they do exist. On Wednesday when the bill was introduced, a quad 50 years post was there protesting. He believes the money should be used on critical services folks need instead, saying the research is a waste of time and futile (gee positive much?). He works with PWD who are struggling. He’s on the frontlines everyday and has a different perspective, but is he right?
The bill proposes that $4 million each year would be funneled to SCI research that’s happening at the University of Minnesota (under the management of Dr. Ann Parr, focusing on regenerating myelin) and the money would come from reinstatement fees drivers have to pay to get their license back after reckless driving charge