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United Spinal Association

From our mission to our financials
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Mission
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). More
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Leadership
Our leaders are dedicated to advancing the organization's principles and goals and to achieving the highest level of service to the spinal cord injury community. More
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History and Quick Facts
Formed by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal has been serving the SCI community since 1948. More
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United Spinal Annual Report. Read the report
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United Spinal Financial Statement. View the statement
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Services and Outreach

What we do at United Spinal
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United Spinal's services enable people living with SCI/D to pursue rewarding lives and careers.
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Ask Us
Our Ask Us program gives members and the public an opportunity to obtain one-on-one information and guidance.
Spinal Cord Injury and Disease. More
Veterans Benefits. More
Wheelchairs & Assistive Technology. More
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Veterans Assistance
United Spinal's VetsFirst assists disabled veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.More
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Public Policy
Our Public Polciy staff are actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to people with disabilities. More
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Wheelchair Advocacy
United Spinal's UsersFirst and its following advocate for appropriate wheelchairs and equipment. More
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National Support Groups
Our network of affiliated support groups provide peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/disease, caregivers, and family members. More
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Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services is a United Spinal program devoted exclusively to making our built environment accessible to people with disabilities. More
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Membership & Resources

Membership & online resources
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Membership Division
National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the membership division of United Spinal Association. More
Hospital Membership. More
Business Members. More
Organizational Members. More
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Informative Publications
United Spinal provides a diverse selection of educational and informative publications. More
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Webinars
Ongoing webinars on disability related topics of interest. More
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Membership Magazine
Life in Action keeps our members informed and up to date on United Spinal and disability issues. More
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Lifestyles
United Spinal's New Mobility Magazine covers a diverse selection of contemporary topics that are of interest to wheelchair users. More
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Assistive Technology Guide
United Spinal's TechGuide offers an online resource to wheelchairs, wheelchair reviews, and assistive technology sources. More
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Accessible Travel
Able To Travel is our travel agency dedicated to accessible travel.More

Free Publications

United Spinal Association Free Publications

View & Download Free Copies Below (PDF) Links to purchasing print copies and sign up for new publication notifications
 
Disability Etiquette PublicationDisability Etiquette (PDF)
A great resource for businesses, schools, organizations, staff training and disability awareness programs. You don’t have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides tips for you to follow that will help create positive interactions and raise everyone’s comfort levels.
What is Spinal Cord Injury and Disease free pdf.What is Spinal Cord Injury and Disease? (PDF)
This brochure is a general introduction to SCI/D. Understanding what a spinal cord injury is and what diseases affect the spinal cord is not only the first stage of rehabilitation, it is also an important key to prevention.
Wheelchair fire safetyFire Safety for Wheelchair Users (PDF)
Important tips to handle situations before and during a fire, and to address fire prevention within homes. The tips are a model that can be modified and adjusted to fit the varying types of homes and structures.
Accessible Air Travel PublicationAccessible Air Travel (PDF)
Although air travel today is available to most people, barriers to access still exist. A passenger with a disability may encounter obstacles just to reach an airplane seat. Knowing what to expect from the time an airline reservation is booked to the moment the flight touches down takes the surprises out of traveling.
60 seconds is too long parking pads.Parking Pads (PDF)
Have you ever discovered someone illegally parked in a handicapped zone and wished you could say or do something? Now you can! Simply slip one of these informative reminders under the offender’s windshield wiper and you’ve made your point.
Canes to Wheelchairs link to informative publicationCanes To Wheelchairs: Mobility Alternatives (PDF)
How you get around has a big impact on what you can do and where you can go. This publication, written by master clinician and educator Jean Minkel, MA, PT, is a guide that assists people in making the right choice in their selection of a mobility device.
How to display our flagHow To Display Our Flag
When we view the flag, we think of liberty, freedom, and pride. The American flag has accompanied mankind on its greatest achievements. It flies at both poles, on the moon, and sits atop Mount Everest. The flag is how America signs her name. Learn how to properly display our flag.
Impact Of Health Care Reform On People With Disabilities (PDF)
Making sense of this complex issue is important. This document contains an easy to follow summary of the major health care reform provisions that particularly impact people with disabilities.
Preventing Spinal Cord Injury PublicationStay Safe: Preventing Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Not many people believe they can become a statistic of spinal cord injury; however, it happens every day. It is important to know that spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time. There are some protective measures you can take to avoid getting a spinal cord injury.
The Americans with Disabilities ActThe Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF)
Many regard the ADA as the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Others believe that because of the many structural and communications barriers the ADA will remove, it is the farthest-reaching civil rights law ever enacted.
publication on womenWomen’s Health (PDF)
For many women with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) knowledgeable physicians and the right facilities are often hard to find. Use this checklist, not only for your own personal information, but also for educating your primary health care provider on what he or she needs to know about the unique needs and concerns of women with SCI/D.
Taking Action PublicationTaking Action (PDF)
The information contained in this pamphlet is designed to enable you to become an effective self-advocate. A self-advocate is someone who is actively involved in getting what they want. As advocates for organizations can attest, advocacy is a process.
Understanding the fair housing amendments act publicationThe Fair Housing Amendment Acts (PDF)
This law is intended to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities. However, individual citizens must come forward with concerns. As a result, it is important to understand this legislation and how to make it work for you.
Adaptive Automotive Equipment PublicationAdaptive Automotive Equipment (PDF)
Adaptive automotive equipment can give individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D) more options than ever for improving their long distance mobility. Take a look at how adaptive controls can make a big difference in the quality of someone’s life.
Access state and local governmentAccessing Local Government (PDF)
Participatory government is at the foundation of the social and political structure of the US, but many Americans with disabilities are denied the opportunity to share in their state and local governments. Learn how to access state and local government to initiate change.
spinal cord injury surveySurvey- Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (PDF)
The purpose of this study is to generate a better understanding of life with a spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS) or post-polio syndrome.
 
   

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