United Spinal Association

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Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). More
Our leaders are dedicated to advancing the organization's principles and goals and to achieving the highest level of service to the spinal cord injury community. More
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Formed by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal has been serving the SCI community since 1948. More
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United Spinal's services enable people living with SCI/D to pursue rewarding lives and careers.
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Our Ask Us program gives members and the public an opportunity to obtain one-on-one information and guidance.
Spinal Cord Injury and Disease. More
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Veterans Assistance
United Spinal's VetsFirst assists disabled veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.More
Public Policy
Our Public Polciy staff are actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to people with disabilities. More
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United Spinal's UsersFirst and its following advocate for appropriate wheelchairs and equipment. More
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Our network of affiliated support groups provide peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/disease, caregivers, and family members. More
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Accessibility Services is a United Spinal program devoted exclusively to making our built environment accessible to people with disabilities. More

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Membership Division
National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the membership division of United Spinal Association. More
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Informative Publications
United Spinal provides a diverse selection of educational and informative publications. More
Ongoing webinars on disability related topics of interest. More
Membership Magazine
Life in Action keeps our members informed and up to date on United Spinal and disability issues. More
United Spinal's New Mobility Magazine covers a diverse selection of contemporary topics that are of interest to wheelchair users. More
Assistive Technology Guide
United Spinal's TechGuide offers an online resource to wheelchairs, wheelchair reviews, and assistive technology sources. More
Accessible Travel
Able To Travel is our travel agency dedicated to accessible travel.More

Able to Travel Educates TSA Specialists on Issues Facing Travelers with Disabilities

| March 13, 2013

ATTGood news! This year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have Passenger Support Specialists available at every airport that can assist passengers with disabilities and their traveling companions during screening or resolve concerns before the passenger leaves the checkpoint.

United Spinal’s Able to Travel program is proud to be providing assistance in training all of these new Passenger Support Specialists.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the TSA and offer our expertise on disability travel issues to ensure the concerns of disabled travelers are resolved quickly and efficiently,” said Kleo King, senior vice president of Able to Travel, a program of United Spinal Association.

Individuals with disabilities traveling may contact TSA Cares to arrange assistance for their airport screening. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 or can e-mail prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST and weekends and Holidays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST.

TSA PreCheck
Able to Travel also encourages travelers with disabilities and medical conditions to opt in to TSA PreCheck if invited by an airline or to join Global Entry as a way to participate. Individuals will have to pay a $100 fee, which is good for five years, if they join Global Entry.

TSA PreCheck is free for passengers, but, again, an airline must invite an individual to join. If TSA determines a passenger with a disability or medical condition is eligible for expedited screening through TSA PreCheck, the passenger may be referred to the designated lane where he or she may undergo expedited screening. This includes but is not limited to individuals with service animals, individuals who use wheelchairs, those who have insulin pumps or similar medical devices, breast cancer survivors, ostomates, and those who require medically necessary liquids.

TSA PreCheck is now available in 35 airports and more than 6 million passengers have experienced. U.S. citizens with disabilities and medical conditions traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS are eligible to participate.

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