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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Survey to Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair

2016-12-31T02:26:52+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Advocacy, Featured, Wheelchairs & Technology|

Wheelchair repair is essential to a wheelchair user's mobility, independence, and ability to contribute to, and participate in society. However, access to wheelchair repair services is being restricted by Medicare’s policies. It is critical that wheelchair users have access to a Medicare supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and [...]

Advocating for Better Wheelchairs

2016-12-31T02:26:55+00:00 April 17th, 2013|Advocacy, Featured, United Spinal News, Wheelchairs & Technology|

HR 942 sponsors (Reps. Crowley and Sensenbrenner) were greeted by consumers, suppliers, clinicians and manufacturers at a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2013. Photo: Paul J. Tobin with Gerry Dickerson (left) and Congressman Joseph Crowley (right). Courtesy of Tom Borcherding. United Spinal's President Paul J. [...]

UsersFirst Mobilizes Wheelchair Users to Demand Access to Essential Mobility Equipment

2016-12-31T02:26:56+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Featured, Program Success Stories, Wheelchairs & Technology|

United Spinal's grassroots advocacy program UsersFirst has developed a new Mobile Registration Form to rally wheelchair users and disability advocates in the fight to challenge disability policies and improve access to mobility equipment. The form will help UsersFirst mobilize wheelchair users, when needed, to address private, state and federal policy [...]

Ill-Conceived Medicare Program Will Hurt People with Disabilities

2016-12-31T02:26:56+00:00 February 15th, 2013|Advocacy, Featured, Wheelchairs & Technology|

[advancedtabs width=0 settings_contentheight=0 design_tabsposition=top design_skin=skin-default design_transition=default][dzstab][dzstabmenu][dzstooltip]Read background information[/dzstooltip] Background [/dzstabmenu][dzstabcontent] Well, CMS is at it again. In their zeal to reduce overall costs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing forward with their ill-conceived and poorly-implemented “competitive bidding program” on durable medical equipment (DME), oxygen and certain [...]