AESLEME - Association for the Study of Spinal Cord Injury was born in 1990 in reaction to the raising number of spinal cord and cerebral injury due to traffic accidents.
The association is dedicated in the work to prevent accidents through campaign to spannish public, and in raising awareness about traffic victims’ problems. It has 120 employees, half of them brain damaged.
The activities of the Asociación para el Estudio de la Lesión Medular Espinal, AESLEME (Association for the Study of Spinal Cord Injury), are clearly focused on prevention of spinal cord and cerebral injury due to traffic accidents, mainly directed to children and young people.
Children are more permeable to assimilate the information; therefore school age is the most appropriate time during which to teach safe driving habits in order to become responsible citizens, respectful of others.
For the next three years, we undertake to carry on with the prevention campaign entitled "Te Puede Pasar" (It could happen to you) in schools, universities and military academies, using the following methodology: "Direct awareness & prevention campaigns in training center".
We plan to raise awareness of 150,000 young people each year. The action is developed though our conference.
The conference lasts for approximately an hour and a half and will be carried out by a team of professionals trained by a doctor or a qualified nurse, and persons with spinal cord injury. Their speeches will be accompanied by audiovisual material. We will also distribute bookmarks and leaflets with a resume of the conference's contents to all attendees at the end of the conference.
A training manager will continually keep the speakers updated with all news referring to Road Safety
The conference is structured into five sections:
1. Medical concepts: the functions of the spinal cord and brain are explained, as well as the consequences of injury.
2. Primary prevention: causes of injury and how to avoid them (road safety education).
3. Secondary prevention: what to do when an accident happens ( to mark out the zone, to avoid new collisions, reflective vests, triangles, identify number of injured, 112 emergency number, not to move injured, not to remove helmets, haemorrhages, to cover injured, ...).
4. Tertiary prevention: physical, psychological and social rehabilitation and integration of the injured person.
5. Talk: during this section, personal experiences and anecdotes will be shared to clear up any doubts that the students may have.