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Your Air Travel Rights

2017-10-13T12:58:41+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Latest, United Spinal Updates|

If you logged any air travel with your wheelchair in 2015, unfortunately, chances are that you were one of the 14,185 people reporting complaints involving a lack of wheelchair services. Despite federal law that has been on the books for over 30 years to ensure people with disabilities don’t [...]

Ensure Quality Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports and Managed Care

2017-10-13T12:58:41+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Latest, United Spinal Updates|

United Spinal Association advocates for policies that ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare and support services that meet the needs of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and other disabilities. Medicaid provides health and services coverage to nearly 10 million non-elderly people with disabilities and nearly 4 million Medicare [...]

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.