United Spinal Association

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Our mission is to improve the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). More
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
History and Quick Facts
Formed by paralyzed veterans, United Spinal has been serving the SCI community since 1948. More
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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.
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
Veterans Assistance
United Spinal's VetsFirst assists disabled veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits that they are entitled to.More
Public Policy
Our Public Polciy staff are actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to people with disabilities. More
Wheelchair Advocacy
United Spinal's UsersFirst and its following advocate for appropriate wheelchairs and equipment. More
National Support Groups
Our network of affiliated support groups provide peer-to-peer support to persons with SCI/disease, caregivers, and family members. More
Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services is a United Spinal program devoted exclusively to making our built environment accessible to people with disabilities. More

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

Join Us for the ‘Independence Through Advocacy’ Webinar Series

| March 17, 2013

Positive changes to disability policies start with you!

Join United Spinal’s Public Policy department for our 2013 ‘Independence Through Advocacy’ webinar series that will provide a better understanding of how federal programs and benefits work, or don’t work, for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Register Here

Legislators always want to hear from their constituents, much more than from lobbyists. The ‘Independence Through Advocacy’ webinar series will provide the tools to bring up these important issues, in person, through email, or on the phone. Your voice can make a difference in the fight to change policies that affect our community. Let’s come together to learn about the issues and ways we can fix them, on a united front.

The second installment of this four-part webinar series, Getting the Right Mobility Equipment & Services for People with Disabilities will take place Thurs., Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, EST and will cover rules under Medicare that may currently impact access to wheelchairs and other assistive technology, therapies and prescription drugs.

This webinar will include information on:

-How to get the right equipment, services and care.

-Clarify which suppliers to contact for equipment and services.

-Why Medicare denies necessary rehab equipment, prescription drug coverage and therapy.

-What the federal government is doing when it comes to your healthcare and quality of life.

-Tips will also be provided on how to be your own best advocate.

Featured speaker is Alexandra Bennewith MPA, VP, Government Relations, United Spinal Association. Alex was formerly senior manager of Government Affairs for the American Association for Homecare (AAH). She also has served the policy interests of patients/consumers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and at the Spina Bifida Association of America.

Additional webinars will focus access to long-term services and supports and home- and community-based services through Medicaid and other avenues; as well as disability rights and advocacy 101. The topics were developed through feedback from our members and our national network chapters that act as our eyes and ears at the grassroots level.

Your participation in these webinars is essential to United Spinal’s success on the Hill. Questions and concerns from you, the SCI/D community, help guide our policy priorities. Discussions will allow our policy staff and advocates who travel to DC this summer to advocate based on your concerns.

Stay tuned for more details!

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