As World War II ends over 671,000 American soldiers return home wounded and/or disabled.
A band of paralyzed veterans in NYC establish a support group to get the services and assistance needed to live independently.
Seventy members of the Association hold a public demonstration in New York’s Grand Central Station to gather signatures supporting the nation’s first accessible housing bill.
The Association advocates for equal access to federally-funded buildings and facilities for Americans living with disabilities––leading to the passage of Architectural Barriers Act.
James J. Peters, a Life magazine correspondent and our future executive director, exposes the deplorable conditions facing paralyzed Vietnam veterans at the old Bronx VA Hospital.
We advocate for the eventual passage of the Rehabilitation Act. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federally funded programs .
The Association provides $260,000 endowment to Stanford University Medical School to establish a professorship in spinal cord injury medicine.
New York City settles the 1979 civil suit brought by United Spinal, agreeing to make all city buses accessible, retrofit key subway stations and commuter rail stations, and ensure that all new stations are accessible.
The Association begins its R*A*M*P (Residential Accessibility Modification Program) service to improve access to members’ homes.
The Association helps to establish the PVA-EPVA Center for Neuroscience Regeneration Research. It opens at the West Haven, CT VAMC in conjunction with the Yale University Medical School.