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.

United Spinal Supports Improved Health and Independence of Women with Disabilities in NYC

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United Spinal Supports Improved Health and Independence of Women with Disabilities in NYC

United Spinal's Alena LeBron (right) and Maria Kurtz ready to greet participants at the 6th Annual From Within conference.

United Spinal’s Alena LeBron (right) and Maria Kurtz ready to greet participants at the 6th Annual From Within conference.

United Spinal Association was proud to co-sponsor the 6th Annual ‘From Within’ health conference for women living with physical disabilities hosted by Independence Care System (ICS) on Saturday, July 24, 2015 at John Jay College in NYC.

Women from all around the tristate area attended this official event of ADA25 NYC, including ICS members, long-term disability rights advocates, university students, professionals, mothers, daughters and sisters—women with disabilities from all walks of life.

Other co-sponsors included the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the MS Society, and the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD).

This year’s From Within was the largest ever, with over 150 guests attending the event. Victor Calise, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, a former employee of United Spinal and a supporter of ICS and From Within for many years, was invited to speak at this year’s conference.

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