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.

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.

Our Leadership

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United Spinal Association’s 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.

David C. CooperDavid C. Cooper
Chairman of the Board
United Spinal Association

David C. Cooper is president and CEO of Media Solutions, Inc. a full-service publishing and marketing media company. Among the company’s portfolio are two industry-leading, BPA Worldwide-audited trade publications, their associated web and digital media platforms, and a robust custom publishing arm.Read more about David C. Cooper

James WeismanJames Weisman
President & CEO
United Spinal Association

For 35 years James Weisman has advocated for the rights of people with disabilities including helping craft the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Mr. Weisman is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).Read more about James Weisman

Officers

David C. Cooper – Chairman of the Board
Patrick W. Maher – Vice Chairman of the Board
Denise A. McQuade – Secretary
Darren Brehm – Treasurer
James Weisman – President & CEO

Board of Directors

Tom AiellioTom Aiello
President of March Marketing, LLC.

BallMarty Ball
Vice President of Sales, TiLite (retired)

Josh-BasileJoshua Basile
Attorney, Jack H Olender & Associates

Darren BrehmDarren Brehm
Senior Director, Direct Materials Procurement
Dairy Farmers of America

Ronald W. DrachRonald W. Drach
Drach Consulting, LLC

David C. CooperDavid C. Cooper
President and CEO of Media Solutions, Inc.

FaustTeresa Fausti
Public Relations, Corporate Communications and Branding Executive

M-GennarelliMark T. Gennarelli
Corporate Partnerships with the New York Giants

Gretchen Fox

Gretchen Helms, MS, OTR
Business Development Manager, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, MD.

Hicks

Andy Hicks, ATP, SMS
Owner, Complex Rehab Technology Education, LLC

Carmen Jones

Carmen D. Jones
CEO/President of Solutions Marketing Group

Gary Karp

Gary Karp
Internationally recognized public speaker, corporate trainer, author, and editor.

Rafferty Laredo

Rafferty Laredo, OTR, MA
President & CEO
United Spinal Association of Houston

Maher

Pat Maher
Director of Civic Engagement, SPR Consulting

Matas

Wendell Matas
President, Premium Healthcare Products

Mcquade

Denise McQuade
Public Information Coordinator, Paratransit Division, MTA New York City Transit

Ronnie Ellen Raymond

Ronnie Ellen Raymond
Advocacy for the Disabled-UJA Disability Awareness Task Force, the Jewish Museum, Taxis for All Campaign, Concerts in Motion

Martin Young

Martin Young
IBM Executive Sales (retired)

Zandrow

Len Zandrow
Partner, Brister & Zandrow