United Spinal Association

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United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

More Than Ever Before!

Our grass roots activists from across the country accomplished more Hill visits and raised awareness of critical issues to a greater extent than ever before.

Over 120 wheelchair user members, clinicians, partners and other disability advocates from 33 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, gathered in Washington, D.C. to promote greater access to quality affordable healthcare, community integration, disability rights, assistive and rehab technology, veterans benefits and air travel protections vital to people with spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D).

2018 Roll on Capitol Hill

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Ian Mackay

United Spinal member Ian Mackay is a passionate advocate for greater accessibility of bike paths and multi-use trails for wheelchair users and other people living with a disability.

In 2016, Mackay rode his wheelchair across Washington State to advocate for more accessible trails for wheelchairs users.

“Maintaining and expanding national, state and city parks, while making sure that they are inclusive to all, is something I’m extremely passionate about,”

Hometown Hero

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2018 Roll on Capitol Hill Preview

Since its inception in 2012, Roll on Capitol Hill has served as an annual rally to educate lawmakers about the needs of the SCI/D community and to train the next generation of advocates.

For a growing number of attendees, advocacy isn’t limited to once a year in Washington, D.C. Rather, the annual event serves as a model that United Spinal chapters across the country are using to advocate for disability policy in their home states.

Keeping the Revolution Rolling!

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United Spinal Association and Hollister, Inc., have teamed up to create a national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network”. Spinal Network Support Groups provide peer to peer support for individuals, friends, caregivers and family members.

We're Rolling For Each Other

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Ian Andersen cycling through Patagonia, Argentina



On Dec. 5, 2017, approximately 15 and a half months after he set off from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Ian Andersen completed one of the most epic fundraising efforts for United Spinal Association ever. Andersen cycled over 15,000 miles, from above the arctic circle to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina, to help raise more than $22,000 dollars for the organization..

Rolling For A Cause

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Membership in United Spinal Association Is Free & Open To All

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Advocacy & Public Policy

United Spinal is actively involved in advocating for benefits and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed Americans and all people with disabilities. We encourage everyone to get involved and be an advocate and activist. We can and will facilitate change by joining together and speaking as one.spacer

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.