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.

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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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New Chapter Is A Peach

2016-12-31T02:26:56+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

Paul and Jeannie Pickard opened Project Walk Atlanta this April, less than a year after their son Chris was paralyzed in a car accident. After the accident, Chris had rehabbed at Shepherd Center in Atlanta and then at Project Walk in Carlsbad, Calif. Each step had seemed like the logical [...]

Fast Track Membership Growth in Houston

2012-08-12T17:06:55+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

At the age of 12, Michael Johnson had already won numerous racing championships when an on-track motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He stopped by TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital on July 14 at an event cosponsored by the Houston chapter of NSCIA to let others know that [...]

A Chapter Rises in Houston

2016-12-31T02:26:57+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

Four months ago the idea of a Houston-area chapter of NSCIA was just an idea in a few people’s heads. Today the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter is up and running, thanks to an intensive effort by Rafferty Laredo, the chapter’s executive director. After 12 years at The Institute for Rehabilitation [...]

NSCIA Partnership Empowers Oklahoma Chapter

2016-12-31T02:26:58+00:00 Chapter Check-In|

After five years of running NeuroResources Outreach Services, a non-profit dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries, Teresa Tisdell wanted to do more. NeuroResources had already helped secure state legislation, established a hugely successful equipment loan closet and built one of Oklahoma’s most substantial advocacy and support systems, but [...]