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United Spinal Empowers Disabled Veterans to Discover Greater Independence

2018-09-20T14:30:47+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates, Veterans|

United Spinal Association and its VetsFirst program recently hosted a lunch and learn session on disability benefits and self-advocacy at the James J. Peters Bronx VAMC.

United Spinal Focuses on Improving Rehabilitation During SCI Awareness Month

2018-09-21T12:41:07+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

United Spinal Association is identifying barriers to appropriate rehabilitation services that provide greater personal independence and improved quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injuries and other conditions and disorders.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Info

2018-09-21T12:36:31+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

Hurricane Florence is intensifying and could pose a direct threat to the U.S. eastern coastline this week. United Spinal is urging our members and all people living with disabilities in the path of this serious storm to take appropriate precautions. Now is the time to prepare.

United Spinal Named Beneficiary of ‘Cycle For SCI’ East Coast Bike Ride

2018-08-28T16:16:39+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

United Spinal has been named a beneficiary of the fundraiser created by Ciara O'Sullivan and Larissa Clifford, who are bicycling from New York City to Orlando, Florida to help improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury.

United Spinal Partners to Improve Photo Representations of Disability

2018-07-26T16:41:54+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

United Spinal Association is excited to be a part of a new effort to address inaccurate stereotypes of wheelchair users and improve the representation of people with disabilities in the media.

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.