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United Spinal Partners to Improve Photo Representations of Disability

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.

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

Support United Spinal by Purchasing Book Featuring Board Member Carmen D. Jones

For every purchase of Brainteasers and Logic Problems from The Real American Family Book Series, $1 will be donated to United Spinal Association.

2018-07-18T10:16:00+00:00Categories: Featured, Latest, United Spinal Updates|

Female Veterans Are Fastest Growing Segment of Homeless Veteran Population

The Veterans Administration says that female veterans comprise the fastest-growing segment of the homeless veteran population.

2018-07-08T17:30:43+00:00Categories: Featured, United Spinal Updates, Veterans|

2018 Roll On Capitol Hill – Accomplishing More Than Ever Before

The 2018 Roll on Capitol Hill was attended by more wheelchair using advocates and more disability advocates than ever before. The result was that 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. [...]

2018-07-29T22:36:38+00:00Categories: Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal Updates|

Study on the Effectiveness of Remote Wheelchair Transfer Training

The University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting for a research study to determine the effectiveness of a remote wheelchair transfer training program. Activities involved in this study include the completion of questionnaires and review of an interactive training module.

2018-05-30T10:08:28+00:00Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

Washington State Disability Advocate Ian Mackay Will Be Rolling With Us!

Ian Mackay, Washington State advocate, activist, avid outdoor enthusiast and peer group leader, will be attending United Spinal's Roll on Capitol Hill to speak with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

2018-05-24T13:00:02+00:00Categories: Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal Updates|

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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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.