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Hear my Story

Program aim:

Our “ Hear my Story” program is designed to create empathy through a first-person experience and help participants understand what it may feel like to experience a traumatic life changing event resulting in a permanent spinal cord injury.

By listening to someone else’s personal story participants will develop a greater understanding from their perspective and ‘feel what they feel’; appreciating that they too could experience a life changing event resulting in permanent injury.

The aim is for the program’s content to impact choices; leading to modified attitude and safer behaviours.

Program description:

Participants listen to a recorded personal story through headphones whist sitting in a wheelchair. They are invited to imagine what it might feel like to experience the life changing event that is described.

Our stories first introduce the listener to able bodied people living what is perceived to be a “normal life”; probably not too dissimilar to their own. The story teller then describes the details of a sudden and unexpected life changing traumatic event that resulted in a permanent spinal cord injury; and shares their feelings and experiences after this change.

After hearing the story the participant is asked to answer a series of questions that will help to guide their experience in order that they can debrief and learn positively.

Objectives & key outcomes
  • Identify the key causes of traumatic spinal cord injuries and appreciate that most people (including themselves and their loved ones) regularly participate in these activities
  • Understand that sustaining a spinal cord injury would have a drastic impact on daily life
  • Appreciate that there are risky behaviours that will put them at a greater risk of sustaining a spinal cord injury (or other traumatic injuries including death) and that there are also simple behavioural patterns that can significantly reduce this risk

Target group
This program is fully flexible and can be modified to suit older teenagers and adults up to 85 years of age. The participating group will listen to stories relevant/appropriate to their own age, gender, occupation, demographic or risk profile.

Program design:

Hear my story booking form

  • Booking Form

    Contact information for booking person

  • Booking details

    Please let us know the time/s and date/s for your event booking/s. Alternatively, call PBF Australia on 1800 809 780 to discuss over the phone or with any questions.
  • Activation requirements:

    • PBF will bring all the equipment required for this activation including banners, wheel chairs, audio devices, headphones and information
    • We require a minimum of 2m x 2m for this activation

    • Disability Accessible toilet (not required by all staff, please check)
    • Disabled Parking or two parking bays together clearly available

    If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact PBF
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