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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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.
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Disabilities Treaty: Tell Your Story

crpd2United Spinal remains committed to passage of the Disabilities Treaty. The treaty promotes the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act around the world.

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) vowed to continue fighting for United States ratification of the treaty. Senator Harkin has asked for individuals to let him know why the Disabilities Treaty matters.

Tell Your Story Here

Relaying any experiences living, traveling, working, or studying abroad and any barriers that were encountered can help Senators understand why United States ratification of the treaty is important.

To date, 158 nations have signed the treaty, including the United States, and 143 nations have ratified the Disabilities Treaty.

Senator Harkin believes that an important part of winning this fight is ensuring that the personal stories of people with disabilities, including disabled veterans, are shared with Senators.

United Spinal remains hopeful that with the commitment of leaders in the Senate to move the treaty forward it will be ratified this year.

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